Completed in 2003, Wea Ridge Middle School offers the latest in educational technology. Architects were challenged to design a facility with ample learning space for each student while allowing “room to grow.” This $24 million, 186,000-square-foot facility houses about 750 students.
Inside the front entrance, students, staff and visitors are welcomed CAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$129.84FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio 22-foot-high ceilings, vivid-colored walls and flooring, and an information kiosk. The layout is designed around “learning pods,” which are organized by grade level and contain general-education classrooms, laboratories and computer labs. Common areas are designed specifically for musical and art instruction, and vocational classrooms provide students with a hands-on learning experience.
Surrounded by the learning pods are two full-size gymnasiums with a theatrical platform in between. In the media center, students learn by using the latest computer and audio/video technologies. The cafeteria, with ceiling-high windows on three of its four sides, is supported by an adjacent full-service kitchen.
A synthetic-surface running track and a football/soccer field are situated to the south of the school.