The community design team’s desire to separate grades 5 and 6 from grades 7 and 8, while fostering usage of shared support programs, led to a uniquely zoned floor plan. Zoning also allowed the successful integration of community-use spaces and an acceptable approach to sharing the site with Charlotte High School.
Responding to a modest budget in a CAPACITY1,100COST PER SQ FT$100.74FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio community, the exterior design incorporated extensive use of brick and metal roofing—both of which are attractive and economical. A variable-air-volume HVAC system with full cooling capacity functions with the building zones, shifts air supply according to loads and operates efficiently. From the outset, integration of technology in the learning environments was part of the design.
The community response to the prudent use of funds was so positive that midway through construction, voters approved a second bond issue for the addition of a 41,562-square-foot community/school natatorium to the middle school.