GULF SHORES HIGH SCHOOL
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Project Size and Construction Cost
95,232 GSF and $7.7 million
When the Baldwin County Board of Education elected to construct a new high school in Gulf Shores, they selected Sherlock, Smith & Adams to provide complete architectural and engineering services for design and construction. The end product of that process was a new single-story, 95,232 square-foot facility.
Further enhancing the facility’s focus toward the out-of-doors is the spacious courtyard–around which the building’s multiple functions are organized–which offers a setting for contained outdoor events during the school day. The use of sea tones throughout the interiors of the school contributes not only to school pride (the school colors are teal and white), but also playfully reminds students and faculty of the nautical activities that await them after the three-o’clock bell.
The building and site are organized in a straightforward manner. The main entrance faces south toward the public parking area. Student parking, entrance, and bus drop-off areas are oriented toward the east with separate vehicular access. Major circulation elements organize the plan. The main concourse, which features a series of brightly colored circular skylights, provides access from the student and main entries to the gymnasium, cafeteria, library, and administrative areas. The courtyard provides daylight into and views out of the library, concourse, classrooms and student corridors.