The Coxsackie-Athens Central School District converted its junior high school to a middle school. Although the educational program had made this change successfully, the facilities did not. As a result, the middle school suffered from a lack of identity and was hindered by inappropriate facilities.
The design physically portrays the spirit of a middle school; the CAPACITY540COST PER SQ FT$125.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio building is placed between, and attached to the existing high school and an adjacent elementary school. This creatively expresses the middle school’s identity as the literal bridge between childhood and the high school years.
The middle school is organized to create middle school team houses for each of the four grade-level teams. At the heart of the school is the library/media center and other core educational spaces, such as a music suite, technology, art, home and careers, cafeteria, administration, as well as a gymnasium that serves as home to the district’s varsity athletics.
The building’s exterior design similarly bridges the physical differences between brick exteriors of the elementary school and high school, while simultaneously using bold trim colors to establish its own identity.