Fifty year old school refresh.

Crystal River High School

Crystal River, Florida

  • Client

    Citrus County School Board

  • Size

    98,000 sf

  • Services

    • Design Services
    • Technology
  • Awards

    • Florida Education Planners Association (FEFPA) Architectural Showcase, Award of Merit, 2013

The 1960's are better associated with rock music and bell bottoms than technology enhanced learning and secure school facilities. For this reason, BRPH was the driving design force behind a comprehensive redevelopment of Crystal River High School. The school, originally built in 1966, accommodated a student population of over 1,400, yet lacked features of other schools in the region built decades earlier.

The new design addressed issues not considered in school designs of the 1960's such as enhanced campus security, natural lighting in classrooms, instructional technology, library media centers, food court style cafeterias, accessible restrooms for special needs students, and clear, simple circulation paths throughout the campus.

Phases of the project included design and construction of classroom buildings, demolition of several existing buildings and renovation and remodeling of remaining existing buildings. Renovations and additions were implemented in this manner to cut down interruptions to student classes and extracurricular activities.

The resulting build-out of the campus provides a like-new learning community for Crystal River. A new baseball field with concession stand, and a new cafeteria/kitchen, gymnasium, music/art building, health academy, and vocational labs were also built.

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