The design for Brighton Collegiate High School began with a Master Plan and the need to meet challenging site design accommodations, such as the City of Brighton Regional Retention Pond.
The school was designed with expansion in mind, initially to accommodate a student capacity of 400 with the ability to expand to 600 students with the design of a future building addition.
The new charter school includes a gymnasium with seating for 300 students, classrooms, a technology lab, administrative areas, an art room, a two-story lobby entry, and light-filled circulation with views to the outdoors.
Building zoning and clear circulation within the charter school allows for controlled access, security, and a natural flow of movement throughout the building. Careful zoning allows areas of the school to be closed off during after-hours activities, which creates heightened security for its users.
The City of Brighton Regional Retention Pond included in the design has been programmed as a student learning area. Future design options for the retention pond include an area for a play field for students to have additional outdoor learning opportunities.
To make Brighton Collegiate High School a sustainable building, corridor design and carefully integrated sun shade structures were used to maximize daylighting in hallways and interior classrooms, while reducing unwanted solar heat gain.