Mountain View High School accommodates 1,800 students on a 55-acre site. It has a media center, gymnasium complex, auditorium and fine-arts wing, multimedia labs and 79 teaching stations. A full spectrum of flexible classrooms was required for the sciences, math, language-arts and social-studies departments. Additional spaces include a community transition program for CAPACITY1,800COST PER SQ FT$97.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio with special needs, a child-development classroom and a 100-seat lecture hall.
The site was developed to include the prerequisite athletic and physical-education venues, and disperse the parking into multiple lots. Organizationally, the building is anchored by the athletic complex at one end and the fine arts at the other end. All of the classrooms and administrative functions are arranged along an interconnecting circulation spine.
The design was developed to allow abundant natural light in all spaces and to support effective wayfinding. Social interaction among students and faculty is encouraged by situating the student commons strategically at the center of the building—an activity hub adjacent to the media center, lecture hall, video-production lab and administrative suite.