- LOCATION: Ridgefield, WA
- COMPLETED: February 2012
A $49 million bond passed in February 2012 provided funds for new educational facilities to supplement the existing buildings at each of Ridgefield School District’s campuses. Work at Ridgefield High School included a 12,400 sq ft classroom addition and a 41,000 sq ft addition with a gymnasium, two-story multi-purpose space, and a new band and choir wing.
The classroom addition provides eight classrooms, an area for group work/project presentation, and administrative support space. The new building is situated between the existing gymnasium and shop building, filling former portable space with permanent learning spaces.
Adjoining the existing commons is the new “Main Street” – a gallery and gathering spine between the new gymnasium and the multi-purpose event and learning space. Equipped with bleachers and an audiovisual display system for assemblies, the new gymnasium is the main venue for indoor athletic events. The two-story multi-purpose space is a flat-floored room with capacity for 600 people in retractable, telescopic seating on the main level and fixed seating in the balcony. This space is intended for use as a performance venue for students and the community, as well as an event and learning space. Acoustic and audiovisual elements were key to the design of this space. New choral and band classrooms, practice rooms, and preparation areas are situated adjacent to the multi-purpose space.