As part of a four-phase project, the City School District of Albany engaged CSArch for a large-scale $179 million renovation and expansion of the existing high school. The project will add more than 250,000 square feet of new space to expand the school's capacity to about 3,000 students.
This project truly embodies ‘All in for Albany.' This new building is a critical part of our collective efforts to increase student success at Albany High School and across the district.”
A new three-story, 120,000 square-foot academic building behind the original school is a major element of Phase 1. Classroom design will support active learning with flexible furniture to enable classroom rearrangement and support individual or team-based clusters. Color, lighting and transparency brighten classrooms to create visual connectivity.
The new academic building is home to three academies, each with its own floor: Discovery, Leadership and Innovation. Each floor contains administrative office space for each academy, featuring a reception desk, faculty offices, lounge area and private booths for confidential conversations between faculty and students.
Phase 2 features the construction of a two-story, 39,000 square foot Art and Music building addition at the front of the high school. Art classrooms will mirror studio spaces with large windows for natural light, modular group tables, and high ceilings. Music students will have a designated instruction and rehearsal space with new instrument storage and acoustic treatments for optimal sound quality.
The high school's pool had been out of service since 2015, when aging infrastructure caused the collapse of an outside wall, calling for a state-of-the-art renovation and renewal. Modern lighting, new diving pedestals, and spectator seating give athletes an ideal facility to compete.
The City School District of Albany faces a criticial need to raise achievement for all students and significantly increase graduation rates. Its high school is in an aging facility on a campus that does not incorporate critical academic programs such as career and technical education, or outdoor facilities for most varsity athletic teams.
Driving the project is a mission to improve the student experience, offer new opportunities for learning and engagement, and address the ever-evolving needs of 21st century education. The redesign encompasses renovations to approximately 300,400 sf of existing space and nearly 242,600 sf of new construction to support a projected enrollment increase of 3,000 students.
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Citation Design Award, American Institute of Architects, Eastern NY Chapter, 2017
Academic Classrooms, Fine Arts Classrooms, Music Classrooms, Auditorium, Athletics Spaces, Library Media Center, Career and Technical Education, Safety and Infrastructure