The new addition for South Intermediate High School as part of Broken Arrow Public School’s 2009 Bond Program includes additional core academic classrooms, performing arts spaces, additional interior resources and a new secured vestibule. The new academic wing includes new distributed science classrooms, an existing computer lab and new distributed administration including an assistant principal, counselor and a dedicated teacher planning area to socially connect students with teachers. A separate masterplan was also developed to reorganize the existing classroom structure into small learning communities following the model established as part of the west classroom addition.
The performing arts addition includes such spaces as a new band hall, orchestra room, choir rehearsal hall and a centralized black box theater. The new plan also includes a new art gallery and art room along with a renovated entry to the school’s gymnasium surrounding a new public courtyard that can be used for impromptu outdoor theatrical plays, a pre-function space for basketball games, a space for art projects or for large all-school assemblies. The new courtyard is oriented to capture the north indirect daylight and provides deep overhangs to block the western and southern sun while allowing for the eastern morning light in the new art room.
The materials complement the existing vernacular architecture with the use of brick masonry, light colored exterior plaster and dark bronze window mullions. In order to modernize the new addition’s appearance, Oklahoma limestone is included topped with a sleek metal panel eyebrow and canopy denoting the performing arts addition entry along with large amounts of clear glazing giving transparency from indoor to outdoor space.