After seven tries to pass a referendum, Potter Lawson designed a new high school for the Spooner Area School District in northern Wisconsin. The 163,000 sf facility features general classrooms, science labs, a greenhouse, district office, computer labs, gymnasium with team locker rooms, band and choir rooms, auditorium, and student commons space.
Designed with sustainability in mind, the school utilizes geothermal energy via 240 drilled wells. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective systems for temperature control, and utilize the earth’s natural heat as a source for energy.
The school includes a 5,900 square foot auditorium with seating for 525 people. Open to the entire community, the auditorium includes a catwalk, makeup and dressing rooms, ticket office, restrooms, and scene workshop.