Two new strategic additions located at the perimeter of James Island Charter High School’s campus will provide much needed additional education and athletic space and provide a modern update to the school’s architectural character. The new career technology education wing and competition gym strengthen existing circulation paths and maintain significant green spaces while creating enhanced outdoor social space on campus. The 30,000 SF Career Technology Education addition will house classrooms and labs for programs including construction, engineering, health science, and computer technology. Spaces are designed to be flexible and agile, accommodating current needs while anticipating future programs as community needs change over time. The addition’s exterior expression references the architecture of the existing school but incorporates a mix of brick, metal panel, and glass to create a composition that is both contemporary and contextual.
A second 30,000 SF addition will house the school’s competition gym including home and visitor locker rooms, a sports medicine room, weight room, and seating for 1500 spectators. School graphics and branding will be incorporated throughout the interior and exterior to establish a strong home team identity. At the corner between the two new additions, a new entry plaza directs guests into the gym and creates a connection to the existing athletic campus directly across the street. This project was designed in collaboration with Clancy + Wells Architects.