Trap Hill Middle School, designed as a replacement for two outdated buildings, is situated across the street from the local high school for ease of access and sharing facilities.
Site topography dictated that service and bus access be maintained from one corner of the site only. Decorative screen walls and separate car and bus dropoff loops were provided with a CAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$146.26FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio entry plan. Three class wings with teacher planning/preparation areas and grade-level lockers maintain separation between the disparate grade levels. Shared curriculum such as science, computer and media/library are centralized, as are technology education, life skills, visual arts and music arts.
Community use includes extended access to a large-group 60-seat room, as well as the community library/media center. The gymnasium and cafeteria/food-service areas also are arranged for after-hours use as a “community center,” easily secured from the rest of the building, yet allowing public access to these spaces.
The administrative suite is central to the school and adjacent to the primary entrances, allowing active security and monitoring of the entry plazas, entrances and primary corridors.