Our Work

Langston Centre

In 2019, S. B. White was able to complete a challenging project with general contractor GRC, Inc. to renovate a historic Johnson City school building. Langston High School was Johnson City’s first African American public high school. It was established in 1893, before closing its doors in 1965 with the end of segregation. Now, it has been transformed into a multicultural art and education center. The renovations cost around $2.3 million and the new building includes facilities for arts and crafts programs, computer classes and even a recording studio. The school’s former gymnasium was converted into a multipurpose center, which is able to host large public gatherings and performing arts shows. Shaw & Shanks Architects, designers for the project, were challenged to preserve the history of Langston High School while creating a modern facility to serve the community for years to come. They were able to keep the old archway entrance to the old auditorium to use for an entrance to the facility. While the building retained many of its exterior features, including its exterior brick walls, gymnasium floor, and wood roof decking, nearly everything else on the inside is completely new. The highly visible project is another great example of the community working together to restore the historical buildings of the city and help revitalize downtown. S. B. White installed a completely new plumbing and HVAC system for the facility.