Tamaqua Area Middle School

Tamaqua, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    Gilbert Architects Inc.


    Tamaqua Area School District

  • AREA

    143,000 sq.ft.





The original middle school, a 1920s building in the center of town, had become severely crowded. The district decided to construct a new middle school. It is on the same site as the existing high school.

The two schools share core spaces, including the auditorium, gymnasium, weight training and wrestling rooms. These facilities also will provide more opportunities ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$102.91FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio community use.

Constructing this facility required extensive sitework. One challenge was the 260-foot gradient change in elevation. The design layout takes advantage of a beautiful mountainside setting, which literally involved moving a mountain, and tons of dirt. A seamless connection was provided with a smooth transition and handicapped accessibility from one floor level to the next.

The academic area includes a 5,000-square-foot library/research center, equipped with technology, including four computer labs and four science laboratories, a distance-learning lab and a large-group instruction room. General classrooms are configured to allow students to interact and better identify with other students.

The 897-seat auditorium welcomes spectators with a ticket booth and concession stand in the foyer. Audiences will be entertained by student and community performances on the 2,170-square-foot stage, which is handicapped-accessible.