L’Anse Creuse Middle School-East is the result of a three-year collaborative effort. A committee of district staff and administrators, parents, students, community leaders, architects and a construction manager designed a middle school that meets the educational needs of the rapidly developing north end of the district, and the varied needs of the pre-adolescent child CAPACITY840COST PER SQ FT$138.56FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio a 21st-century school.
The design provides flexibility for instruction. Varied areas enable both small- and large-group activities. The building has a wide-area and local-area network system with capacity for the integration of future technology.
The building contains three academic pods separated by grade. This creates a school-within-a-school environment to facilitate teamwork, and a smaller and more supportive environment for students. Each pod serves 280 students, and contains general classrooms that share small-group areas, science labs, special-education rooms, restrooms for students and staff, lockers, conference and storage rooms, and a wet/dry project area. Students will receive all core academic classes in the pod from teams of two to five teachers.
Also provided are spaces for:
-Media center with a high-technology information-distribution system and a video-production/TV studio area.
-Large-group instruction area for up to 150 students in various configurations.
-Art room suite for 2D and 3D art.
-Auditeria, a multipurpose room serving as a cafeteria and auditorium with a stage, seating more than 500.
-Music suite with band room and choral/drama room.
-Physical-education area with a gym with seating for 700 and locker rooms, offices and storage, and a multipurpose room with tiered, folding seating to accommodate 100 persons as a large-group lecture area. It also can be used as a physical-education space with the seats folded. This wing can be closed off from the rest of the building after hours with a separate exterior entry and lobby.
-Food service, custodial and mechanical areas.
The building is constructed with a steel frame and bearing masonry walls, steel roof framing, standing-seam metal roof and face brick exterior. The interior consists of painted block walls, carpeted floors and lay-in acoustic ceilings. Mechanical systems include hot-water boilers, air handlers, air-conditioning and a fire-protection system. Electrical systems include a fire-alarm system, PA and telephone system, video security system and instructional-technology system.
The site is designed to blend into and complement the residential surroundings, with separate bus dropoff areas and parent/public/staff parking, complete athletic facilities and security lighting for after-hours use.