New High School Designed to Maximize Interaction and Promote Community

The Morgan School


Completed for the school’s opening in September 2016, The Morgan School’s new construction creates a smaller footprint, altering in size from 169,000 SF to 135,000 SF. The 600-student high school features a new gathering place, referred to as the hub, located near the school’s 210-seat open food-court style cafeteria.

Floor-to-ceiling windows in classrooms on the second and third story allow natural light to flow through the building. The new high school complex also features a 700-seat auditorium which includes a 180-seat balcony and an oversized gymnasium to accommodate school and community events. Security was a major consideration throughout the design of the school.

Classrooms wings of the school are heated and air conditioned with active chilled beams and dedicated outside air units with energy recovery. Demand controlled ventilation has been employed through all densely occupied rooms, including the gymnasium , auditorium, and classrooms. Perimeter hot water radiation and/or radiant panels allow for increased energy savings by taking maximum advantage of hydronic heating.

Water efficient plumbing fixtures were provided throughout the complex and the LED lighting is controlled by digital lighting control system.


Newman Architects

Size / Cost

135,000 SF / $52 million


electrical, fire protection, mechanical, plumbing, technology