CONWAY HIGH SCHOOL
Phase I – 165,000 square feet
Phase II – 33,000 square feet
ASID Excellence in Interior Design Gold Award
Learning By Design Outstanding Project
The existing Conway High School campus was in a vital location for the community. The main academic facility built in 1971, was designed as an open classroom pod system and had only one science lab among other shortcomings.
The design challenge was to allow the campus to continue functioning while replacing the existing academic core and dining facility. This aspect heavily influenced the scheduling strategy during the construction phase.
The design directive was to equal the community presence of three local, traditional university campuses within the town and provide a timeless aesthetic. Additionally, devise an open space that would create a proper sense of place and pride for faculty, students and community.
The project was completed over two phases and includes an academic building and multi-purpose dining hall connected by a courtyard and canopy system.
In stark contrast to the single science lab in the original 1971 facility, Phase I created an academic building with 10 fully dressed science labs.
“The WER team has a keen set of listening skills that separates them from other architects with whom we have worked. For our district, the ability of the firm to listen is key. Often architects are more concerned with building what they would like to build rather than what the client might want. That is not the case with WER. One should also say that the general design of the buildings drawn, the back-and-forth that is common to all projects, on-time delivery and the general sense of confidence that we have in WER’s work should not go unnoted. We have been exceptionally pleased with our selection of WER.”
Greg Murry, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Conway Public Schools