The two school districts of Paris Unit School District No. 95 and Paris Community Unit School District 4 needed to replace their 100 year old cooperative high school in Paris, Illinois, with a new high school that provides 21st Century Learning Environments. Bringing together two districts and two architectural firms (BLDD Architects and FGM Architects), the new Paris High School creates a sense of community and features technology rich, student-centered, flexible environments. The 134,600 s.f. high school is designed for an initial enrollment of 600 with the ability to expand to 900 in the future.
The design features STEM Labs, extended learning areas for collaboration, a 500 seat performing arts center auditorium that will be shared with the community, a three-court gymnasium that includes a competition court with bleachers for over 2000 spectators, and modern on-campus dining and food service accommodations. The high school site design includes parking for 500 cars and new athletic field components including football stadium, practice field, track & field event components, baseball field, softball field, and tennis courts.
In addition to creating a 21st Century learning environments, both districts were committed to designing a building that is friendly to the environment. The new high school is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification by utilizing an energy efficient geothermal mechanical system, water efficient plumbing systems, recycled and regional building materials, construction waste management, and enhanced indoor environmental quality features.