The new Hazel Park Junior High School was unveiled after the demolition of an aging 1920s facility. The design accommodates seventh- and eighth-grade houses, catering to the district’s interdisciplinary team-teaching approach. District goals of functionality, safety and flexibility were satisfied by organizing academic functions and core/public spaces into two CAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$133.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio ones, facilitating community activities without compromising security. A compact plan responds to site constraints and emphasizes efficient circulation.
Within the academic wing, students rotate daily through the house environment and elective courses served by specialized classrooms. Collaborative planning centers look onto student locker commons and offer teachers an independent “home base,” maximizing the ability to share teaching stations.
Core activities are linked by a multiuse student cafeteria/commons skirted with a showcase for student display. An auditeria provides tiers within a performance space opening onto overflow seating within the commons.
Site adjacencies encouraged a neighborhood-friendly design, integrating gabled rooflines and residential proportions. A fieldhouse image envelops the activity zone. Masonry detailing borrowed cues from the former school.