Project Updates


Planning for the new Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy is well underway! We’re excited to share with you the next set of plans – the Design Development Packet. Within this packet, you’ll see updated renderings and schematics for not only the facility infrastructure, but the conceptual design for the building’s exterior and interior classrooms, auditorium and other spaces. We know you’ll like what you see.


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Columbia City High School's

Key Design Principles


Spaces where students learn are essential tools that foster greater success. Creating and establishing an environment for successful teaching and learning means aligning construction and design decisions with WCCS’ Guiding Beliefs for Teaching and Learning. These beliefs set the foundation for the new Columbia City High School’s key design principles and they will guide the entire construction process. Each of the following key design principles reinforces the others creating effective educational spaces for students, teachers and community.

Safe, welcoming and engaging environment

School culture is a critical factor in student success. The primary design strategy is to promote student learning. Creating a safe, engaging atmosphere aimed at getting to the heart of how students feel: their sense of safety, connectedness and motivation for learning sets the stage for success. This design principle will be reflected in:

  • Advanced security measures

  • Comfortable and welcoming furniture and spaces


Visible learning

Open, transparent floor plans allow students to see and be seen. School design that conveys openness and accessibility promotes cooperation and interaction. This design principle will be reflected in:

  • Access to natural light in nearly every space

  • Minimal obstructed views throughout the building


Flexible spaces aligned to educational program

Ever evolving educational and teaching technologies challenge schools to adapt learning spaces to whatever changes the future may hold. School environments that adopt a flexible design approach can easily accommodate future growth and needs. This design principle will be reflected in:

  • Mobile structures and furniture

  • Dual purpose spaces


Expandable technology integration and infrastructure

Technology transforms learning. Digital tools, media-rich resources and innovative facilities help students explore, understand, and express themselves in the world they will inherit tomorrow.

This design principle will be reflected in:

  • Multi-faceted classrooms

  • Digital integration throughout the building


Connection to all members of the community

Innovative sharing of space with Whitley County residents enriches community relationships and promotes meaningful multi-generational interaction that fosters both formal and informal learning. This design principle will be reflected in:

  • Streets and entrances specifically designed for community access

  • Shared community spaces


Teacher and student collaboration


A move to teach more collaboratively across disciplines makes learning in school much more like learning in real life. Optimizing space for team learning and open dialogue affords students advantages in effective communication and collaboration essential to becoming successful learners. This design principle will be reflected in:

  • Student commons areas specifically designed for group work

  • Small group work areas offering opportunities for teamwork

  • Collaboration spaces throughout the facility


Ensure quality and enhance pride

The construction of the new Columbia City High School will provide a civic landmark and a point of hometown pride for Whitley County. Its visual integrity and high-performance design will enhance quality of student life and increase the community’s attractiveness to newcomers and visitors. This design principle will be reflected in:

  • State-of-the-art design

  • High-quality, lasting and economically efficient materials

  • Architecture will radiate WCCS values