Buffalo High School

Buffalo, MN | Education

Overview

The continued growth in each of the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District’s (BHM) three communities resulted in the need for a new consolidated facility. The result is a $24.9 million new construction community-centered high school for the District.


Opportunity

To address numerous challenges including safety, declining enrollment, and accessibility, the District needed a modern facility that provided solutions to these challenges and support a 21st century learning environment.

Solution

The design of Buffalo High School has a distinct separation between the academic and the activities wings allowing the building to be used for a variety of community events. The concept of a school within a school was identified through teachers needs and methods. A small resource center in the middle of the teaching neighborhood creates the opportunity for a variety of learning activities. Serving nearly 2,000 students in grades 9-12, the heart of the 275,000 sq. ft. facility is a centrally located courtyard that unifies the multi-use learning center. The main lobby provides a dynamic and dramatic connection between the upper and lower levels using natural light to illuminate the space. Featured amenities include an 850-seat auditorium, eleven full basketball courts, two gymnasiums, and an activity center. Safety features for community events allow for key school corridors to be secured. The School’s comprehensive technology systems are unparalleled; empowering each student to determine their own future. Collaboration along with a listen-first approach allowed the high school facility to achieve an integrated design that balances academics, athletics, arts, and administration.


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