Built on the site of a former glass factory, the Olean City School District’s new middle school for grades 6 to 8 was developed around the district’s educational vision of team-teaching.
The school has four levels; each of the three teams occupies its own floor and shares common areas, such as the library, music suite, technology suite, cafeteria and CAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$146.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio facilities.
An enclosed bridge connects the middle school to the high school. Staff and students can share facilities such as the new eight-lane pool at the middle school and the refurbished historic auditorium at the high school.
The master plan of the middle school site also calls for new soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, football and practice fields, tennis courts and an all-weather track. The plan maximizes the available space on this tight urban site and increases safety with new vehicular and pedestrian circulation.
Situating the new middle school at the existing athletic fields location enabled the district to keep school in session throughout construction. This greatly minimized the impact of construction on the educational program.
The existing middle school was demolished over the summer, and the new track and fields were constructed in its place.