Erie High School

in K-12 education

Project-based learning has been the driving force behind this new 21st-century high school that engages students in a rigorous and relevant learning experience. It is an inviting place where students are anxious to work and reluctant to leave. To understand the design you first need to understand Project Based Learning (PBL). PBL creates an environment in which individual and group projects engage students in real-world issues, and provide the ultimate authentic assessment of interdisciplinary learning. These learning environments utilize self-directed, projects to build student autonomy through relevant learning opportunities.


The campus consists of the main High School Building, the Vocational Building and the athletic complex. The 87,750 square foot main building obtained LEED Gold Certification. The new school features many environmentally friendly components. The envelope and building systems were designed to reduce overall energy consumption to 53.2% below a conventional building meeting minimal code requirements. The construction of this portion of the project is load bearing masonry with bar joist roof structure. The veneer is split face block, brick and EIFS. The HVAC system is a geoexchange heat pump consisting of well fields that provide a heat source/heat sink for water-air heat pumps located throughout the building. The 20,052 square foot Vocational Building is a pre-engineered metal building structure with a masonry and metal wall panel veneer. This building houses the science, art, woods, auto and vocational agriculture programs. It is connected to and uses the same geoexchange heat pump system as the main building.

Capacity:          450 Students  |  Grades 9-12
Size:                  107,802 New sf
Completion:    2010