The additions and alterations to Candlewood Middle School have been developed to respond to increasing enrollment and an ever-expanding educational program. The existing building organization was analyzed, interpreted and reconfigured. Forms, surfaces and pathways reinforce the interconnectivity of both physical and abstract relationships.
A new 650-seat auditorium CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$266.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio is adjacent to new music spaces with direct access to the new front entry, school administration, guidance and health suite. New science classrooms were added to the existing academic wing, and new physical-education space was added adjacent to the existing gymnasium. Vehicular traffic patterns also were reconfigured in response to the overall building reconfiguration.
The building additions are designed with a structural-steel frame, masonry cavity walls, and aluminum window and skylight framing. Playful combinations of brick veneer, split-face concrete block, aluminum and glass relate back to the existing building’s relationships of circular vs. square patterning, solid and void.