The design for this project was driven by two major goals established by the constituents of the two rural communities served by the school district. The first goal was to design a building to provide excellence in education. The second goal was to provide a dual-use facility that would be a central meeting site for the community.
The resulting plan provides a modern CAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$79.42FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio flexible facility for 700 students. The middle and high school classrooms are separated by floor levels. Each level has easy access to shared areas such as the media center. Informal tutorial spaces and mini resource areas are scattered throughout the building to provide opportunities for casual interaction or research. Other areas include a new auditorium, adjacent commons, and a gymnasium/walking track and fitness center, all of which are used regularly by individuals and community groups.
The architectural style is based on the Prairie School design principles of Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright. Elements within the building are intended to reflect the geography, culture and population of the Osseo-Fairchild area.