School Board of the City of Harrisonburg
Grimm & Parker
As a product of the Public-Private Education and Infrastructure Act (PPEA) process, this new high school brought highly-sought relief to an overcrowding issue that the city’s educational sector had been facing. Totaling nearly 257,800 square feet in size, this high school is nothing short of impressive. Passerbies on Interstate 81 traveling North and South near exit 243 will have a clear line of sight at this beautiful structure greeting them as they enter and exit the city’s limits. This new campus encompasses 60 acres of prime real estate just off of Route 11 in Harrisonburg, Virginia and showcases athletic fields for baseball, softball, football, and soccer. Circling the dual-purpose football and soccer field is an eight-lane track and bleacher style seating for spectators. A central concessions and restroom facility stands within the epicenter of the athletic fields servicing all outdoor sporting events conveniently. Inside the main structure, the layout is made up of nearly 40 classrooms, two gymnasiums for basketball, volleyball, and physical education needs, a weight room, theater for performing arts, a large cafeteria and laboratories for science/chemistry courses. Needless to say, this facility offers ample space for students to learn and an open feel that makes it look even bigger than it already is. On the exterior, a mix of complimentary brick, aluminum, and metal paneling wrap the three-story structure with glass storefront-like windows solidifying the modernized design. From a bird’s eye view, four uniquely constructed wings can be seen composing this footprint, which all vary in combinations of length, width, and height. Parking can be found within one of three areas on site. The two main parking lots are situated right in front of the school while the third, much smaller one, is near the athletic fields offering handicap spaces for spectators.