Wood River High School

Project Information

Hailey, Idaho
Blaine County School District
190,191 sf.

Wood River High School

LCA Architects was the lead design firm for a 190,091 s.f., 1200 student high school located in Hailey, Idaho. The design of the New Wood River High School reflects the architectural character of Hailey and the surrounding Wood River Valley. A flowing river is depicted in the landscaping and concrete work in the building’s main courtyard and carries through the interior of the building in the floor tile of the commons area. The building’s arched windows are reminiscent of the downtown Hailey commercial district.

Designed to be a school for the students as well as the community, the facility is zoned into academic and community uses. The academic wing contains traditional classroom and administrative functions while the community wing contains the media center, athletic area, performing arts and food court/commons area. The academic wing can be locked off while the community wing can remain open in the evenings for community member use.

Designing for the severe winter conditions of Hailey was a challenge for the design team. One solution and an important aspect of the design is an external courtyard surrounded by four walls which protect the students from the wind. The patio area, with the stained concrete river flowing through it, is heated underneath the slab.
“Painstaking effort was made to see that our staff, students and patrons input was considered at every step of the planning process. We could not be more pleased with the effort, attitude and product from LCA Architects.”-Jim Lewis, Former Superintendent of schools, Blaine County School District