Because of the small size of this rural district, the middle school had to share faculty and facilities with the high school. At the same time, the middle school needed to have its own identity. The district also wanted a facility that could be used by the students and the community.
The solution was a building linked to the existing high school by a corridor, ASSOCIATED FIRMAPEX Engineering, Inc.; Valley Electrical Design Consultants, Inc.CAPACITY350COST PER SQ FT$75.45FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio easy access between the two buildings. The design of a two-story structure, built into the existing sloping topography of the site, allowed for a separate entrance to the middle school on the lower level, while the entrance for the community and high school students is on the upper level.
The heart of the middle school is the instructional media center (IMC). Two wings of the building radiate from the IMC, separating the students by grades. The fifth- and sixth-grade wing is entirely on the lower level. The seventh- and eighth-grade students are housed in a two-story wing, with homerooms and regular classrooms on the lower level and specialized classrooms above.
The auditorium has seating for 250. Wall panels can be opened to the adjacent cafeteria/commons area.