New Construction

Highland High School

Sparta, OH

MSA designed this new 9-12 High School for 610 students. This is one of three major school projects on this K-12 campus located on high growth edge of the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area.

The District has undergone a radical change over the past twenty years, having transformed from a rural farming community to a bedroom community for Metro Columbus. In order to accommodate current and future enrollment growth, the new high school building was designed in anticipation of enrollment growth over the next 10 years.

The school is two floors, and includes state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, media center, gymnasium/physical education complex, as well as future expansion for additional classrooms and a $2 million upgrade for performing arts and an arena-style gymnasium.

The building was designed to accommodate a curriculum centered upon subdividing the student population into four learning academies, each centered around a community “hub”. These extended learning areas contain flexible collaborative space, multimedia presentation areas, a faculty center, and small group breakout areas.

The project was publicly recognized by the Ohio School Facilities Commission as a premier example of a “21st Century Learning Environment” in a statewide school design symposium.

The project is designed to be LEED Silver and incorporates geothermal as a primary source for heating and cooling.


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