The transformation of Fayetteville High School was completed in two phases totaling over half a million square feet, the largest civic project in the city of Fayetteville in the last 50 years. Phase I earned LEED Silver certification in 2013 and Phase II earned LEED Gold in 2015. Phase I included a 190,000 square feet addition for administration, cafeteria, performing arts, athletic facilities, and additional classrooms. Phase II houses mainly academic facilities with a footprint of 353,381 square feet. The project received credit for its unique layout, which includes extensive open and day-lit staircases. Designed to encourage students and staff to opt for the stairs, the project achieved one point under the Design for Active Occupants Pilot Credit.
The entire FHS campus is designed around the Small Learning Community (SLC) model, a common form of learning environment that subdivides large school populations into smaller, autonomous groups of students and teachers. These SLCs are designed with core learning studios that feature project-based learning and digital and applied learning labs to foster collaboration. The addition housing the SLCs features abundant glass and overlooks a new landscaped street which creates a collegiate campus feel, reflective of the school's ties to the University of Arkansas.
Fayetteville High School was designed by Hight Jackson Associates with Marlon Blackwell Architects and constructed by Nabholz Contruction. Entegrity provided LEED Consulting and Fundamental and Enhanced Commissioning services.