Ben Lomond High School
The original configuration of Ben Lomond High School was based on the open campus concept involving separate building for academics, athletics, and vocational education with students moving from building to building throughout the day to attend classes. The Ogden School District recognized over the years of operating this campus configuration, the difficulties in developing a school wide identity and community atmosphere amongst the student body and the operational difficulties in ensuring student safety and behavioral control.
MHTN, the Ogden City School District and a Site Based Team of stakeholders, worked closely together to develop a master plan for the facility that would completely reinvent the campus around learning communities. The design as a result, emphasizes collaboration space in learning community class arrangements as well as large multiuse community spaces that foster synergistic interaction amongst students and teachers.
Curved corridor walls in segmented arcs, provide a low cost method of achieving effortless and elegant movement through the learning communities. The main street common areas and large open areas of glass to connect the building environment with the outside giving the student the sense that they belong to a significant, serious learning community while enhancing the joy of their school experience by providing a delightful environment to live in.
The construction activities have been carefully orchestrated in two main phases which will keep the school in operation with minimal operation changes. The Auditorium ,Field house and Vocational Education buildings of the original campus been maintained and refurbished in order to keep the cost of construction low in providing the District with a new facility for under $38 million.
- 2010, Mountain States Construction Best Of, "Outstanding K-12 Project, Silver"