West Orange High School Replacement
The $73 million West Orange High School Replacement project is a new, 377,000 square-foot high school on a 61-acre campus, as well as the renovation of one existing building on site. The new facility replaces an outdated, 30-year-old school and accommodates approximately 3,000 students in Orange County Public Schools.
West Orange High School is comprised of eight buildings designed around an open courtyard. This site layout promotes accessibility to each building while maximizing campus safety. Clark constructed three two-story classroom buildings, an administrative building, a media center, gymnasium, a cafeteria, energy plant, a remote field house for athletic programs, and an auditorium. Additional work included installing or upgrading roadways, parking lots, athletic fields, outdoor activity areas, and site utilities.
Clark prioritized the client's schedule and budget. To expedite construction and control costs, the exterior of each building is tilt-up concrete. Infill framing for elevated classroom floors consists of structural steel, metal deck, and concrete topping slab. The buildings' roofs are structural steel/bar joists, metal deck, lightweight insulated concrete, and sheet membrane roofing system. Interior walls are constructed of both concrete masonry units (CMU) and drywall; CMU was selected for durability and is utilized in high student traffic areas while drywall is utilized in remaining areas.