Without disrupting school activities and without losing scheduled school days, Wight & Company planned and designed a comprehensive, 5-year, multi-phase renovation program for the historic York Community High School. The primary design challenge was to refocus the heart of the school on the historic elements of the original 1920’s building by removing the multiple additions that hid the façade. Designers maintained every possible historic aspect of the school and recreated consistent design elements where they were needed. Glass enclosed connections to a new 300,000-square-foot academic building and conversion of an old gymnasium into a new theater were also part of the project scope. In total, the award-winning project included 500,000-square-feet of new construction and 100,000-square-feet of renovated space. Wight & Company’s success on York High School soon had a ripple effect; over the next several years, Wight was hired to renovate several other large-scale, complex historic high schools across the Midwest.