MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL*

1900 W Pine Avenue

Meridian, Idaho

PHASED RENOVATION + ADDITION

PROBLEM:

Prior to this remodel + addition, Meridian High School was a campus of six buildings: a gym, cafeteria, two shops, auditorium, and classroom building.  The goal for this project was to create consistency + innovation between MHS and newer the high schools constructed recently within the West Ada School District.

SOLUTION:

A re-programming effort took place with the school district to re-purpose existing spaces into new classrooms and design an addition to give the school a new Front Entry and identity, Administration for better visibility and security, and an inspiring Media Center with an abundance of natural light and space.  The existing breezeway between the classroom building and the cafeteria is enclosed to create new student Commons.  The presence of natural light to majority of the classrooms was limited if not completely absence of.  Roof elements over existing and new corridors are constructed with insulated translucent sandwich panels to fully overhead daylight the interior circulation network where it was previously dark and cold.  Classrooms are able to capture the school’s new resource.  Light wells are utilized to add supplemental daylight to areas the circulation network does not reach.

When complete, the entire 160,000 SF campus will meet current life safety codes.

The project was to be construct in six phases over the summer months starting in 2010.  However, in 2015, the patrons of Meridian passed a Facilities Bond that fully funded the completion of this project.

Completion is projected in 2017 at a total cost of $31 million.

PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER

PROBLEM:

Current technical education programs are located in multiple, smaller buildings.

SOLUTION:

The 68,000 SF technical educational center combines programms the into one, larger building that is more advanced and includes technical upgrades as well as expanded programs.

The program spaces that will be housed in the new facility include Agriculture Technology, Welding, Automotive Technology, Auto Body, and Horticulture. Institutional classrooms, office space, and locker rooms complete the interior spaces. The exterior areas contain covered vehicle storage and maintenance yards.  The PTEC opened in fall of 2007 at a cost of $8 million.

*In-Association with Hummel

Gregory A.  Ugrin  AIA NCARB

Design Architect (Hummel 1994 – 2014)