Research has shown students perform better socially and academically when they feel safe and valued in a tight knit community, and building this academic community was at the heart of a record $137.5 million bond referendum passed by residents of Kingston, NY. Not only was the historic Kingston High School in a state of severe disrepair, the building needed to be supportive of a small learning communities or “academies” model imagined by the district. As the districts’ architect, KSQ worked closely to prepare for and assist the District with the passage of the bond referendum.
KSQ managed all aspects of the expansion and renovation of the 98-year-old high school. The project will create a three and four story academic nerve center that will support the creation of four academies or small learning communities. The Main building will have extensive interior renovations and HVAC repairs, while two existing buildings will be removed completely for site access improvements. The Field House will be reconstructed and a fitness center open to community members will be added. Other existing campus buildings will be renovated, brought up to ADA standards, and modernized. The KHS plan is to offer a 21st Century High School while addressing the physical deficiencies of the campus and create the modern infrastructure needed for reliable, energy-efficient, cost effective occupancy and operations.
Project Type: New Construction & Renovation
Project Size: New Construction: 173,725 SF; Renovation: 233,204 SF
Completed: Kingston, New York
Client: Kingston City School District
Services: Master Planning, Facility Assessment, Architecture