Huntsville High School Freshman Academy

Huntsville High School Freshman Academy

K-12 Education

The Freshman Academy is a 2-story addition to the existing Huntsville High School campus, located in Huntsville, Alabama. The new building is situated on the north side of an open courtyard, and is connected to the existing high school by covered walkways.  The courtyard and connecting canopies allow easy access to the adjacent high school, gymnasium and auditorium buildings, and help to provide a college-like feel to the campus.

The Freshman Academy was designed to hold 500 ninth-grade students, and contains classrooms, art rooms, science labs, administrative spaces, a warming kitchen, and a large open cafeteria and assembly space. The core classroom area is divided into three separate Learning Communities, each with its own open collaborative space and meeting room. Interior windows between the classrooms and the collaborative areas help the teachers maintain visual control and bring natural daylight into the interior spaces. There is a bright open feel throughout the building.

The building contains many security features, such as a secure lobby area, card reader access into all classrooms, laminated tempered glass at interior windows, and security cameras throughout. There is also a “hardened” area that can be used as a shelter in case of tornadic weather.

Other campus upgrades included new parking, landscaping, tennis courts and an ornamental fence encompassing the campus.

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    Location
    Huntsville, AL
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    Client
    Huntsville City Schools Board of Education
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    Project Area
    80,000 SF New Construction
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    Site Area
    40 Acres
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    Team
    • Architect
      Nola | Van Peursem Architects
    • Civil
      Smith Engineering
    • Structural
      Hodnett / Hurst Engineers
    • Mechanical
      Mims Engineering Inc.
    • Electrical
      EE Group
    • Landscape
      Bostick Landscape Architects
    • Envelope
      Stephen Ward and Associates
    • Contractor
      Wiregrass Construction Company Inc.