Natrona High School

Originally designed to house both Casper College and Natrona County High School the historic Natrona High School, was the first center of education in Wyoming. Built in 1924 in the collegiate gothic style, the school is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The $100 million project encompassed a 140,000 sf renovation and the 134,200 sf addition to the historic structure.  


Location

  • United States

Sector

Service

  • Lighting Design
  • Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing
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Client

  • Natrona County High School

Project Status

  • Completed, 2018

Architect

  • Bassetti Architects

A 21st-Century Learning Environment

The new spaces for the high school included a new North entrance, student commons, gymnasia, classrooms and science labs, media center and career technical education shops. Improvements to the 22-acre site included the addition of exterior courtyards and the reconfiguration of site circulation to improve parking, bus and parent car access, and pedestrian safety. 

With a focus on energy- and resource-efficiency, the MEP systems feature hydronic heating and cooling that is decoupled from a dedicated demand control ventilation system with heat recovery. 

An early design challenge for the entire project team was to develop a phasing plan that enabled the school to stay open during construction. Our team identified strategies to retain infrastructure for those portions of the old school that remained occupied during each phase of construction.

Lighting Design to Maintain Historic Character

The importance of the high school as a center of the expanding community in Casper, Wyoming, deeply influenced our lighting approach. The brief from the client called for an energy-efficient lighting system, integrated design and flexibility of use. These requirements were taken up within the school's strict budget.