Moon Area School District is located in Moon Township, Allegheny County, in a western suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In partnership with its community, their mission is dedicated to educating every individual in a respectful, safe, enriching environment through comprehensive programs that inspire excellence, lifelong learning and responsibility.
The new high school will serve grades 9 through 12, which totals approximately 1,200 students. The “state-of-the-art” facility was designed with many upgraded amenities to improve the educational experience for students, staff and community members.
The three-story 293,000 SF replacement high school building is supported by two distinct structural systems. Conventional structural steel framing with concrete slabs on composite steel deck was specified for classroom and administrative areas, while reinforced masonry bearing walls with long-span joists were specified at the gymnasiums, auditorium and natatorium. Foundations included reinforced concrete grade beams and 30-foot long (+) concrete caissons bearing on rock. Due to poor sub-grade conditions, pre-cast concrete structural slabs were required at Second Floor on-grade areas.
Unique to most K-12 school projects, the fire-rated concrete floor slab on composite steel deck and fireproofed structural steel framing system eliminated the need for fire walls, thus allowing for a more open interior architectural design approach.