Location: Riner, VA
Montgomery County Public Schools needed two new high schools and a middle school. Since funding was limited, a creative, yet budget-sensitive approach was needed. RRMM was responsible for the design of the new Auburn High School, as well as the renovation/addition of an old high school to create Auburn Middle School. Since its construction in 1938, the existing Auburn High School had long been a community focal point. Preservation of the oldest portion of the existing high school as a significant community landmark was an important public criteria and site design element.
The design effectively separates the building functions into academic, athletic, administrative and special purpose group. The media center is the heart of the Auburn High School community. The height of the space and the careful detailing combine to create an impressive building core. The media center is used as a gathering area for students, a technology lab and as an educational resource facility. All classrooms are engineered for maximum daylighting through the combined use of vision windows, clerestory windows, and light shelves. Reducing the need for artificial lighting results in long-term savings in utility costs and energy usage.