Thomas Edison Preparatory High School features a collegiate curriculum with over half of the student population enrolled in AP courses and is ranked as a top 500 high school in the U.S. by Newsweek. Located on a 44-acre campus in midtown Tulsa, Edison is in a choice-based district and needed a competitive edge along with additional classrooms and the first new storm shelter in the Tulsa Public Schools district.
KSQ created an 18,884 square foot addition complementary of the school’s existing building–originally built in 1954 in a progressive style–offering 15 distinct spaces and featuring a floating cantilever study lounge and two multipurpose rooms doubling as FEMA-361 safe rooms. KSQ’s storm shelter design is the prototype for all future renovations and new builds district wide. The team raised the front façade piece to the second level and created a visual path to the single, secured entry of the school.
The Collegiate Center at Edison offers conference rooms, academic guidance offices, concurrent classrooms, academic study lounge, and a computer research lab. The space is a major testing site district wide and offers meeting spaces for parent groups and community projects. The multipurpose rooms seat 150 students but when used as a storm shelter both rooms hold 300 building occupants.
The design team conducted solar and wind analysis to test the addition against 240mph winds and determine Life Cycle Energy Cost (helping justify a decentralized energy system able to reduce energy costs by 50 percent). Solar analysis was necessary due to the breezeway, circulation paths and glazing.
Project Type: Addition
Project Size: 18,884 SF
Completed: April 2016
Client: Tulsa Public Schools
Services: Architecture, BIM, and Interior Design
Awards: Outstanding Project, Educational Facility Design, Learning By Design, 2015