The W-shaped plan for the Shelby County West Middle School was developed by working closely with staff and faculty.
The natural slope of the site demanded a split-level design. Instructional spaces were located on the upper level, and the gymnasium, cafeteria, and administration areas were placed on the lower level.
The design committee wanted to have windows in CAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$115.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio every classroom and a separate wing for each grade level. Each wing has a dedicated exit to the bus loading area, which reduced traffic through the main corridors. The corridor intersections were widened to create nodes, and deep lightwells were included to bring natural light to the innermost parts of the building. A large canopy and lobby serve as the grand entrance to the lower level of the building for after-hours activities.
The upper level can be locked while the lower level can be accessed for sporting events, theatrical performances or community activities.