Commissioned to design a new middle school for Woodward Academy, the architect created a distinct middle school campus with a new classroom building, dining hall and arts building enclosing a quadrangle.
These buildings are on the edge of the school’s 100-acre campus in a residential neighborhood. In an effort to relate to the small-scale houses near the new CAPACITY580COST PER SQ FT$130.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio building, the architect broke down the scale of the building by expressing the classrooms as small pavilions. In addition, the third floor is glass and steps back from the brick facade to give the facility a two-story reading in keeping with the neighboring homes.
Between each set of classrooms are small-group rooms that can be used for tutorials and group projects. Storage and support spaces are along the corridor side of the classrooms, allowing natural light for all student spaces.
The dining hall opens onto the quad with a tree-covered patio that will accommodate outdoor dining. All of the arts classrooms face north and have full glass walls.
This facility will be LEED certified for its sustainable design. The facility is heated and cooled by a geothermal field of piping. The building is oriented north-south for maximum energy efficiency and uses many recyclable finish materials, such as linoleum and wood. Stormwater-management strategies include bioretention gardens that clean the water and serve as detention facilities, and the green roof on the art building.