Raymond S Kellis High School
The Peoria Unified School District engaged CSHQA to design a next generation prototype high school after the successful completion of nine K8 elementary schools for the District. The new high school needed to address current access and safety, sustainability/daylighting, and planned changes in curriculum delivery from the traditional 6-7 period delivery model to a block schedule teaching model.
The site was located in a fast developing new business district. The decision was made to design a facility that would reflect its business district surroundings, creating a campus of education “businesses” surrounding a community courtyard that could be secured during the school operational day providing a safe and observable environment.
This 237,000 sf, 45-acre comprehensive high school campus features a central courtyard with surrounding buildings housing Academics, Performing Arts, Athletics, Business, Career and Technical Education, etc. The courtyard incorporates an amphitheater to provide outdoor gathering space for students and staff, and to facilitate outdoor instruction, student forums and rallies, outdoor performances, and covered dining ramadas.
Daylighting in classroom and other instructional areas was incorporated for the first time in Peroria USD with windows included in 95% of the instruction areas as well as common areas. Security was enhanced by decentralizing teacher work areas throughout the campus and locating them adjacent to key circulation zones with windows allowing observation and transparency. Doorless airport-style restrooms enhance the safety of students and reduce opportunities for vandalism. Durable painted masonry and steel make up the exterior materials with masonry also incorporated in main interior corridors. A central plant mechanical system provides efficient cooling and heating to the academic areas with efficient rooftop package systems installed on athletic and performing arts buildings for flexible after hours use.