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The Details
Location: Suffolk, Virginia
Size: 277,910 square feet
Value: $30,190,728
Completion Date: September, 2004
Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build
Owner: Suffolk Public Schools

This 277,910 square foot, two-story Suffolk High School was designed for 1,800 students and has a decentralized plan with a “school within a school” concept.

Kings Fork High Schools is made up of four single-level grade houses. Each house contains space for the assistant principal, a guidance counselor, teacher work areas, general classrooms, science labs, and resource spaces in addition to two to three specialized career/technical subjects. A guidance suite was also included near Administration for flexibility in future guidance arrangements. Science labs are designed as generically as possible with only Chemistry having a necessary uniqueness. Each pair of science lecture spaces shares a wet lab and preparation area separated by operable partitions. Specialty subjects such as Agriculture, Work/Family Studies, Health, JROTC, and Liberal Arts that are not suited for location within houses are properly placed according to need and required access. Instructional areas typically share a small computer lab. The small lab requires less building area but offers more computers per classroom when time-sharing is utilized.

The building has a main gym that seats all 2,000 along with two basketball courts. The auditorium has seating for 870 students and the facility also has a black box theater with seating for 150.

Kings Fork has a two story 19,000 square foot atrium dining facility with adjacent food court. And an 8,000 square foot courtyard containing a secure outdoor dining area and amphitheatre. The amphitheater for events and occasions.

A 4,000 seat stadium with track, tennis, soccer, field hockey, baseball and softball fields is located behind the school.