Anchorage School District

Bartlett High School Conceptual Design

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Kumin Associates, Inc., in conjunction with The Anchorage School District, has been reviewing and redesigning Bartlett High School to meet the Anchorage School District Educational Specifications, comply with new building codes, and provide an improved and more functional school. Throughout the summer, the design team has been meeting with Bartlett administration, parents, teachers, and students to understand the existing facility and envision the renovated school.

The descriptions below represent the most recent conceptual design, which is still under development. This phase of design will be the basis of a cost estimate that will be used for bonding to acquire funding to build each phase of the renovation. As each phase is approved for bonding its design would be refined and construction documents completed . The construction would be phased over several years, with major work done during the summers to minimize disruption to school operations. The process of bonding, design, and renovation could take up to ten years to complete.

Site Design

Click to view Bartlett site plan. Click to view Bartlett's floor plan for levels 1 and 2. Click to view Bartlett's floor plan for levels 3, 4 and 5.
Site plan Floor plan, levels 1 and 2 Floor plan, levels 3, 4 and 5

SITE ENTRY: A new prominent entry to the site, shared with the Native Heritage Museum, will provide a more visible entry, separate cars going to different parking lots, and lead visitors to a new front entry to the school.

PARKING: Both parking lots have been reoriented with the aisles running diagonally to the building. This new angle should increase supervision and improve access to the building. A drop-off loop has been added to the east lot. The bus drop-off area in the west has been further separated from car parking by curbs and landscaping. The unpaved road used by the buses will be paved and will continue to serve the buses. A small parking lot and drop-off area at the south of the school will serve visitors and provide accessible parking. Additional accessible parking is provided.

LANDSCAPING: Landscaping between the east parking lot and the play fields will be thinned out to provide visual access to the fields and to provide better supervision. To the west of the track will be an earthen berm with a handicapped accessible path that will provide tiered seating and a windbreak for the track. Both hockey rinks will be demolished and a new one built to the west of the new tennis courts.

Building Design

ENTRY: A new prominent entry has been added to the south of the building, bringing visitors right into the administrative area and Main Place. In the design meetings, Main Place has clearly been identified as the heart of the school and this new entry will emphasize its prominence. The west and east entrances will remain the primary points of entry for students and staff.

ACADEMIC CORES: The school will be organized into four academic cores, each serving approximately 500 students. Students will spend the majority of the school day in their academic cores. Each of the cores contains general classrooms, two science classrooms, special education classrooms, computer classrooms, small group areas, teacher prep area, storage, a counselorís office, and a security office. A large group area that can accommodate several classes will be shared between two cores. Most of the student lockers will be in the core areas.

The cores are two levels each; east wing cores are located on floors 1 and 2; west wing cores are on floors 2 and 3. The organization of the cores and vertical circulation within the cores should reduce the circulation in the hallways and large travel distances between classes. Five advanced science classrooms will be banked in the middle of the second floor (the current location of some District administration offices) to serve all four cores. A new elevator will be added to the end of the east wing to provide additional accessibility to all areas of the building.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Special Education is spread throughout the building, with resource and self-contained classrooms, offices and small group areas in each academic core. SE Administration is located on the first floor next to the general administration area.

SHARED ACADEMICS: Most of the shared academic areas are centrally located on the first floor. Business Education is located behind the library. Visual Arts is near the existing east entry with the photo/dark room near Business. Technology Education, reconfigured and smaller to meet the Ed Specs, is in the same location. A lift will be added to the area to make it accessible. Performing Arts is in the same location with an additional new drama classroom and a renovated computer room. A new scene shop and other renovated support areas are also included in this area. Family and Consumer Science is in the west wing next to the relocated JROTC program. Additional JROTC storage is provided next to the reconfigured rifle range on the lower floor.

ATHLETICS: The excellent athletic facilities of Bartlett will remain and be updated. A new classroom has been added between the weight room and aerobics studio. The lockers will be reconfigured to provide individual showers, team locker area, and athletic offices. The gymnasium acoustics will be improved and a new resilient running surface will be added to the upper level track and extended into the hall around the library, where much of the running practice is done.

SPECIAL NEEDS: The Special Needs program continues to be located on the first floor of the west wing. It has been reconfigured to improve efficiency and reduced in size. A new entry at the end of the corridor leads directly to an accessible parking and drop-off area.

THEATRE: The little theatre has been demolished and replaced with a new 600 seat theatre that is sufficiently large to hold students from one academic core or one entire grade level. It will be designed for performances as well as lectures. Located at the new entrance and linked to Main Place, it will be a prominent feature of the school.

LIBRARY: The library remains in the center of the building. It has been reduced to meet Ed Specs.

CAFETERIAS: The two cafeterias will remain in their current locations. New outdoor patio areas will provide an outdoor seating option for students. The west cafeteria will be upgraded to allow for use by both Special Needs and JROTC drill.

ADMINISTRATION: The administrative offices, counseling, nurseís area, and career counseling will be at the new entry of the building, to the south and west of Main Place. While generally located in the same area for visitors and staff convenience, individual functions will be separated. The exact location of rooms is still under design.