Blythewood High School
2006 McConnell Award Finalist CEFPI-SC
2006 Honor Award AIA-GC
The 298,000-sq.-ft. building partially wraps around a natural pond, which is also part of the site's drainage system, and features lots of windows and skylights for picturesque views of the pond and surrounding woods. Its impressive list of amenities includes two academic (classroom) wings, meeting rooms, music rooms, labs, workrooms, administration offices, kitchen/cafeteria, media center, cyber café, an auditorium, two gyms and locker areas, plus student and faculty parking lots, baseball, softball and soccer fields, a track, practice field and tennis courts. The $32 million school is designed to eventually hold 2,000 students and is coming in at a cost of $98 per sq. ft. "It's one of the most complicated schools I've ever built," said Leland Reynolds of H.G. Reynolds Co. of Aiken, S.C., one of four prime contractors working on the site. "But it's also going to be one of the most impressive schools in the state."