A shared commitment between the district and local community to build a new 750-seat performing-arts area that fulfills both the public’s and school’s need for such a facility was the catalyst for this middle-school addition.
Incorporating a districtwide performing-arts area and a new six-classroom academic wing into an existing middle school environment proved to be ASSOCIATED FIRMK-12 America’s SchoolhouseCOST PER SQ FT$133.00FEATURED IN1998 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms exciting challenge. This challenge was met through functional design, allowing both the middle school and the performing-arts area to coexist independently of each other.
Aesthetically, the addition is characterized by a juxtaposition of dark and light brick in geometrical forms, defining the boundaries of the performing-arts area. Dramatic circular and angular shapes of the exterior are expressed spatially at the interior, helping to complete the statement of the building and identify the arts center. Within the performing-arts area, stepped ceilings and walls create a unique space with an exceptional acoustical quality for both theatrical and musical events.
Tying the project together is a winding pedestrian circulation system that unifies, yet effectively distances, the auditorium from the general education environment.
As with any educational facility, technology is incorporated throughout the design, evidenced by a state-of-the-art computer/technology classroom. The classroom addition, as well as the district’s other facilities, are linked using an ethernet 10baseT computer network with a minimum of seven nodes per classroom.
Photographer: ©Tom Forbes and ©Bob Hastings