Donna Francis, an architect with Clark Nexsen, said the challenges on the site will likely cost the district some extra money, but she doesn't think they are likely to hinder the programming the school can offer to students.
Due to the 30-foot drop in elevation on the site, plans for the school include retaining walls to hold back dirt and allow for the creation of distinct upper- and lower-level entrances to the two-story school.
"What we are doing with these retaining walls is creating a courtyard that has some terracing and seating," Francis said. "This is also a design element that will enhance the global studies program."
She said the seating will allow for outdoor performances in the courtyard, as well as inside the school, which would also have an indoor performance common.