Flexibility was a high priority in designing this junior high school for seventh and eighth graders. Because of an anticipated change in curriculum, the school needed the capability to function as either a junior high with a departmentalized configuration or as a middle school with a house or team configuration.
The school also had to be readily expandable to CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$102.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio escalating enrollment. To do this efficiently, the exploratory areas of the school were designed for 1,000 students, while the first phase of classrooms was designed for only 600 students. For safety and supervision, the front and rear entrances were designed to be observed easily from the administrative offices. The location of the entrances is identified by a distinctive barrel-vaulted glass canopy in the center of the facility. The location of the media center, immediately off the entrance, allows for after-hours community use.
The school uses load-bearing masonry as its structural system. In response to the demand for better indoor air quality and fuel efficiency, the centralized mechanical system uses energy-recovery ventilators.