Mount Olive Middle School

Budd Lake, New Jersey

  • FIRM

    Design Resources Group


    Mount Olive Board of Education

  • AREA

    205,000 sq.ft.





The complex was designed in response to educational specifications that emphasized science and technology.

The solution created a two-story, compact building providing six 200-student instructional teams, one for each science laboratory, dedicated small-group instruction rooms, restrooms and faculty work rooms. The library/media center, accessible by two computer and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$105.62FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio labs, is situated centrally on the first floor. A music suite, 600-seat auditorium, stage, gymnasium, auxiliary gymnasium, student/faculty dining rooms and multiple handicapped/special-education rooms are included. Two large art rooms with sloped window glazing open to an interior courtyard. The central administration/child-study team offices are adjacent to the main entrance lobby. Student-services suites are on each floor.

The design emphasized space distribution and circulation. The school is handicapped-accessible, and has core facilities designed for community use.

Athletic facilities for soccer, baseball and tennis were provided with sufficient parking and circulation.

The building, air-conditioned and sprinklered, is built with fireproof structural steel, insulated windows and brick/block cavity-type exterior walls. Most rooms and corridors are carpeted for sound control.