R2 Blythewood High School

Richland School District Two

Completion Date

Project Budget
$40 Million

Recognized as a CEFPI national finalist for the McConnell Award, this cutting edge 290,000 square foot High School was designed in partnership with Perkins + Will to meet the ever expanding needs of Richland County School District Two. The school housed 1,700 students initially, but has a core that will allow expansion of up to 2,000 in the future. Technology and progressive teaching methodologies inform the design of the campus at all levels. The building is organized around a small lake, taking advantage of the natural beauty of the 150 acre site, and incorporates state-of-the-art program elements, such as a modern Media Center and Cyber Cafe. The design provides interdisciplinary learning opportunities in four distinct academic houses. Vocational labs are integrated with adjacent science labs in order to create opportunities for interaction and innovative discovery. The plan also features a performance auditorium with ancillary support space and two gymnasiums.

Project Awards

  • 2007 Honor Award
  • 2006 Honor Award
  • 2006 McConnell Award National Finalist

Represents experience of Doug Quackenbush as Principal-in-Charge and Barb Haller as Project Architect while at The Boudreaux Group. All Images ©James Steinkamp - Steinkamp Photography