Susquehannock High School
Glen Rock, PA
After completing a District-Wide Facilities Study, Susquehannock High School is currently under design as the first of four major school projects in the next decade for the Southern York County School District.
As an existing school constructed in 1950 (with renovations and additions in 1958, 1975, 1983, 1987 and 2003), the older sections of the 231,110 s.f. building are showing their age and are undersized for today’s grades 9-12 curriculum. Finishes are dated, and mechanical equipment is at the end of its useful life. But, newer pieces like the auditorium and the gymnasium are still in good condition.
To resolve many of the undersized spaces and to minimize student interaction with construction, a new addition of approximately 90,000 s.f. is being proposed. With a new larger cafeteria and larger band and orchestra rooms, the addition will be an initial swing space to eliminate the need for temporary modular classrooms during construction. The addition features a two-story atrium space as a new large student commons area that becomes the core of the building. Major public spaces will connect to this common area and permit both the media center and guidance area to be centralized for easy student access.
While 60% of the existing facility will be renovated to modern standards, the 40% being replaced by the initial addition will be demolished and a new front façade can be created for the building. Student parking can occur at this front, and a new bus-loop at the addition will separate bus and car traffic. Moving the office to the building’s new front will control building access, and other security measures will also improve student safety.