Queensbury Union
Free School District

LEGACY 2020 CAPITAL PROJECT

Queensbury Union
Free School District

LEGACY 2020 CAPITAL PROJECT

Coined the Legacy 2020 Capital Project, the redesign of Queensbury High School began in 2013 with a two-year planning process that set the stage for converting the existing school into a modern learning institution.

CSArch has provided masterful architectural leadership, vision, creativity, foresight, and now, supervision and implementation of this comprehensive and complex project.”
Dr. Douglas W. Huntley, Superintendent of Schools at Queensbury UFSD
Instructional Communities
The design deconstructs traditional “silos” and replaces them with three interdisciplinary instructional communities that allow for greater collaboration among faculty and students.
Centralized support services such as the High School counseling center, psychological and social services, and the nurse’s office are located in the main school corridor to increase the ease of access for students and parents.

The STEM learning community features a new versatile laboratory that supports science, technology, engineering and math.

The Fine and Performing Arts community provides spaces to inspire art and music. Band, chorus and orchestra have their own rehearsal spaces and six arts studio classrooms provide ample space to inspire creativity.

The Humanities Learning Community supports english language arts, social studies and foreign languages with tiered classrooms that maximize active learning.

  • Centralized support services such as the High School counseling center, psychological and social services, and the nurse’s office are located in the main school corridor to increase the ease of access for students and parents.
  • The STEM learning community features a new versatile laboratory that supports science, technology, engineering and math.

  • The Fine and Performing Arts community provides spaces to inspire art and music. Band, chorus and orchestra have their own rehearsal spaces and six arts studio classrooms provide ample space to inspire creativity.
  • The Humanities Learning Community supports english language arts, social studies and foreign languages with tiered classrooms that maximize active learning.

Instructional Communities
The design deconstructs traditional “silos” and replaces them with three interdisciplinary instructional communities to allow for greater collaboration among faculty and students.
  • Centralized support services such as the High School Counseling Center, psychological and social services, and the nurse’s office are located in the main school corridor to increase the ease of access for students and parents.

  • The STEM Learning Community features a new versatile laboratory that supports science, technology, engineering and math.

  • The Humanities Learning Community supports English language arts, social studies and foreign languages with tiered classrooms that maximize active learning.

  • The Fine and Performing Arts community provides spaces to inspire art and music. Band, Chorus and Orchestra have their own rehearsal spaces and six arts studio classrooms provide ample space for collaboration.

Library Media Center

To transform the high school from a traditional layout to student focused, a new gymnasium was constructed allowing the former gym to be renovated into a full-service student support suite, media center and gallery, taking advantage of double-height space for natural daylighting.

Lobby and Art Gallery

A large open lobby alleviates congestion and is accessible from the adminstrative offices, guidance suite, auditorium, and media center. The lobby flows into a new art gallery, with views into the media center and space to support the overflow into the auditorium.

Student Support Services

Guidance and nursing suites are located off the main corridor to improve accessibility and increase security. Knowing that the guidance suite was an inside space, a large skylight was incorporated into the design to add natural light. The open meeting area, conference rooms and counselors offices reflect a professional environment to promote future-readiness.

Science and Technology

Science laboratories feature flexible furniture that encourages students to work collaboratively in groups and allows teachers to design their classrooms around specific lessons.

Innovation Lab

The existing library was relocated to the front of the building to make way for a new innovation lab, featuring cutting machinery, 3D printing technology and various building materials to support the district's STEM program.

Media Production

The TV media production classroom allows students to produce news and promotional materials and features a green screen, sound booth and filming technology, as well as the latest versions of video editing software.

Humanities

Each community puts learning on display with transparent glass. 21st Century classrooms accommodate a variety of learning activities with flexible spaces that support group learning and quiet spaces for reading and independent study.

Fine & Performing Arts
Band, orchestra, and chorus each have their own teaching and rehearsal space. Art classrooms now function as studios with natural light, high ceilings, and visual connectivity between spaces, reflective of a collegiate and professional artist’s environment.
© 2019 David Lamb Photography

Project Scope

The tax-neutral $39.7 million capital project reimagined the 50-year-old high school building. Planning began in 2013 to develop this project and was approved by voters in 2016. A new secure vestibule and entry enhances student and faculty safety and features stone and wood building materials and textures to complement the nearby Adirondack Mountains. At the rear of the building, a 16,000 sf addition houses a new gymnasium and locker rooms to enhance programming space.

The redesigned high school supports cross-curricular teaching, encourages instructional, professional, and student collaboration, seamlessly integrates technology, and enhances security.

Location

Queensbury, NY


Size

211,000 SF


Completion Date

October 2019


Program

STEM Classrooms, Technology Labs, Student Support Services, Art Classrooms, General Classrooms, Music Classrooms, Humanities Classrooms, Library Media Center, Safety and Security

Locations

  • Albany

    40 Beaver Street
    Albany, New York 12207

    ph 518.463.8068

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  • Newburgh

    19 Front Street
    Newburgh, New York 12550

    ph 845.561.3179

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  • White Plains

    445 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 1200
    White Plains, New York 10601

    ph 914.997.2724

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