In 1994 the School District of Somerset came to SDS Architects to design their new High School. A facility housing 350 students was designed and built for easy expansion allowing an additional 150 students. Nearly twenty years later the district's student body has grown and SDS has been asked back to complete the expansion.
To accommodate this increase, an addition will be made on the south side of the school. As three existing classrooms on the southern wall of the school become interior spaces they will be modified into toilet rooms, a large computer room, and a mechanical space. The addition will then create eight new classrooms and one science room. The net gain of six rooms will accommodate up to 150 additional students.
In the school's art wing, the existing music room will be renovated to accommodate only the choir. An addition will be made on the north side of the school for a new band room, complete with practice rooms and instrument storage. Also included in this addition will be a receiving and freezer expansion for the schools kitchen.
A third addition will be made to the school's athletic wing. The physical education gym will be modified to allow for a concessions stand in one corner, but will be expanded in the other direction to make up for this loss of this space. The locker rooms will be doubled in size and will include new toilets, showers and storage. A large weight room will also be included as part of this addition.
Construction for the project began just after school was dismissed for the summer, and will be complete by December 2013.