The Clark County School District—Miley Achievement Center is a school that brings children with negative behavior patterns together from across the school district. Because of this, the district did not want an institution or “prison” environment, further isolating the students from larger student populations, but rather, an environment that would welcome the students CAPACITY160COST PER SQ FT$166.88FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress a conducive environment.
Providing an appropriate environment for the children brought a unique set of challenges. The color used throughout the school had to find a balance between stimulating colors that would help the teaching process and relaxing colors that would calm the student.
Forms and shapes had to be a mixture of natural shapes that relax the mind and orthogonal shapes that help define boundaries for the student. Also, lighting schemes use both natural and artificial light to enhance learning and keep students focusing on their work. This led to understanding and applying the appropriate shapes, forms, colors and light for each specific age group.
Finally, the challenge of security brought acknowledgement of the concerns internally from the students and externally from those who might want to take advantage of the students.