Gardendale High School

Gardendale, Alabama

Jefferson County Board of Education

Project Size:
296,000 sq ft


ABC Alabama Excellence in Construction Award

Gardendale High School is the largest school in the Jefferson County system. This 296,000 sq ft project includes the main high school structure and a detached Auto Tech Trade Center. The main school structure includes a three-story, concrete-frame classroom building and a two-story assembly wing. The main structure houses 38 classrooms, four computer laboratories, four science laboratories, and a 100-seat lecture hall. An entire wing is devoted to administrative office space.

The assembly wing houses a 1,600+ seat competition gymnasium and a practice gymnasium as well as a 650-seat performing arts auditorium.

The school’s interior corridors are designed to withstand the direct hit of a tornado or other hazardous weather event. Corridor walls are reinforced to handle high-speed winds, and walls are tied in above the structure, creating a tunnel effect. Special sections of the school that lie below grade function as shelter areas.