Sol Harris Day Architecture

Jackson High School, a four-year project from start to finish, consisted of a 150,000 sf addition and a total renovation of 275,000 sf of existing space. This extremely complex educational project was designed in phases to allow classes to continue operating without interruption. To accomplish this, the building addition was constructed first. This completed addition allowed for “swing space” while the existing building was renovated.


  • Pre-Bond Services
  • Master Planning
  • Facility Assessments
  • Space Utilization
  • Estimating/Scheduling
  • Visualizations and Graphics
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • FF&E

Your team has always been receptive to our ideas and has always made an extraordinary effort to meet with all of our staff to include their ideas into your design work.

Building and Grounds Supervisor, Jackson Local Schools

Building Organization

The 3-story 150,000 sf addition included 33 classrooms, a culinary arts restaurant, lecture hall, band room, rehearsal space, administrative offices and a 550-seat open, student common area, which serves as the Student Dining Area. This centralized flexible space also serves as a Community Center for Performing Arts and athletic events. The upper-level library media center is connected to the new classroom learning space through a balcony corridor. 

The two-story 275,000 sf existing high school was completely renovated and included 30 classrooms, six technology labs, 11 science labs, six art labs, a distance learning lab, a career technical area, and an athletic area, including locker rooms. The design of the renovation involved realigning corridors and grouping academic core learning spaces. 

Interior Concept

We are all aware of the positive effect that daylight has on learning. However, it was a challenge to get natural light into the learning spaces, as the existing educational building was designed with very few windows; it was built during the energy crisis in the early 1970’s. To solve the daylight issue, we introduced eight large skylights in the corridors and created clearstory windows.

Other technical design strategies included lighting sensors and a lighting control system, an energy-management system, and a special air filtration system to improve the indoor air quality, which reduced the amount of outside air necessary to heat and cool


  • Designed with a collegiate influence, a primary feature of the 2,000-student, 150,000 sf high school addition is the link to the existing building by a two-story student commons and learning center
  • Introducing natural light into the core of the existing facility was a must
  • Multi-functional student commons space provides flexible seating for 500 with natural light to the 2-story space
  • A visible, fully-functional culinary arts restaurant emphasizes the connection between the community and school
  • Completely renovated entire vocational technology wing, which houses six (6) career tech programs

I can't say thank you enough to the people of this community for providing a great learning environment for all our kids.

Cheryl Haschak, Former Superintendent, Jackson Local Schools

Meet the Team

  • Domenic Ferrante
  • Burt Marzley
  • Eric Dalpiaz
  • Lee King

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