Following the passing of a $120 million bond in 2007, Portage Public Schools set out to build a new central high school in place of its aging, existing high school, which had been constructed in 1949.
PBA provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering design for the new 3-story, 285,000 sf Portage Central High School. The replacement high school was constructed around an existing auditorium. The three-story school features state-of-the-art technology and training centers, a gymnasium and various gathering spaces.
The classrooms are Technology Enhanced Classrooms (TEC) with interactive teacher stations, which allow for instant display and demonstration of learning material. The cafeteria features a warming kitchen and functions as an auditorium. Movable walls separate spaces into stage and music room areas.
The school was designed and constructed to meet or exceed current sustainable design standards for energy efficiency, occupant comfort and air quality. Materials used were selected for recycled content, future recyclability, low volatile organic compound, durability and ease of maintenance.
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