The rural community of Elgin, Ariz., collaborated with the Arizona School Facilities Board to fill a void and provide a much-needed multiuse facility. The structure was to be the focal point for use by the school district and the Elgin community for athletics, performing arts, social functions and community technology education.
Poor soil conditions, high winds and CAPACITY150COST PER SQ FT$171.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio site boundaries were the key challenges.
A creative, yet practical, approach was used. The facility was situated in the most efficient and responsive manner, making a virtually seamless transition from existing to new. The structure is separated from the existing school facilities by a large plaza and exterior amphitheater. A series of colored arches creates the new main entry to the campus and acts as a beacon to the community.
The large multipurpose space has a gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts scaled for both students and adults; a performing-arts space with a sound system that functions as an auditorium with a stage and a band room; and a cafeteria that has durable rubber flooring and an adjacent kitchen. An administration wing and computer classroom flank the building.
Exterior and interior spaces were zoned to function independently and to make the building energy-efficient, easy to maintain and secure. Masonry and steel construction were chosen to protect the facility from high winds.