Middle Creek High School, The Commons

Apex, North Carolina

  • FIRM

    Cherry Huffman Architects

  • CLIENT

    Wake County Public School System

  • AREA

    290,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $29,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2001

The Commons is the social epicenter of the school and the portal to the academic wings, auditorium, gymnasium, media center and attached community center. Lighted from above, the three-story commons is the unifying element that connects students, faculty and community through various activities.

Principal John H. Williams says the design is central to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMFanning/Howey Associates, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$100.00FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas “learning connections” and is key to the success of the school’s mission: engaging students in individual acts of discovery so that they may prosper in an ever-changing society.

The unifying themes of The Commons—light, clarity and connection—are repeated throughout the building. Spaces were created where safety allows for security; inclusiveness allows for growth; expression allows for individuality; and sustainability allows for a connection to the surrounding park and natural areas.

Leadership in the Wake County Public School System continues to embrace a visionary, holistic approach to school design that is entirely inclusive of each community. Middle Creek High School is the second example of this prototype; it has been used two more times since.