After an unsuccessful referendum with a previous partner, the Hudson School District collaborated with Bray Architects to identify and evaluate potential solutions for the district’s secondary (6th–12th grade) space needs. Following the completion of the needs analysis and an extensive planning and community engagement process, the School Board placed three referendum questions on the April 2016 ballot. All three questions were approved, including $74.3 million for an addition and renovation to Hudson High School, and $8.2 million for outdoor athletic and auditorium improvements.
The two-story addition, featuring 32 new classrooms, connects to the existing structure and significantly improves circulation throughout the entire building. The renovations were designed to improve the functionality of all instructional spaces and blend the aesthetics of the addition with the existing building.
Improvements to the high school auditorium include the following: a complete cosmetic upgrade to all surfaces (flooring, ceiling, stage fascia, hand rails, and wall treatments); replacement and reconfiguration of seating to improve sight lines for both the audience and performers; expansion of aisle width (to increase accessible seating) and installation of aisle lighting; evaluation and addition of stage theatrical rigging to broaden capabilities. Audience experience will be greatly enhanced by the significant addition that also features a large assembly area, referred to as “The Forum”. This space serves as a lobby and foyer for the auditorium, and has the capacity to host the entire audience before and after performances.