Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology

Charlotte, North Carolina

This innovative learning environment combines traditional high school education with vocational training in five academic technology clusters. The facility encourages student-teacher interaction. The joint-use media center is a collaboration between the local school district and the county library system. The design integrates the curriculum; classrooms are situated ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,600COST PER SQ FT$111.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio from related laboratories, such as a geometry classroom across from a construction laboratory. Single-story academic wings house laboratories for fields such as carpentry and masonry, which require high bays and direct exterior access.

A two-story serpentine wall with a distinctive brick pattern serves as the school’s spine. Classroom walls and core public structures also have individual brick patterns. Simple, direct pathways enable quick assessment of the school’s status, and well-positioned access points enable the monitoring and control of visitors. Windows along corridors provide vantage points for community sponsors and visitors without disrupting laboratory work.