Mary Frances George Junior High School

Springdale, Arkansas

The student experience and integration of the media center into the daily activities of its students is a priority for this school district. This led the design team to create a glass-enclosed circular media center at the core of the building. Surrounded by “student streets,” the media center is easy to find from all areas of the school.

An “H” shape gives students ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$84.04FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio access between the front and rear wings, and allows for more windows in classrooms. Courtyards and covered corridors enhance the passage between wings. All core academic zones are at the front; the athletic department, choral rooms, band rooms and vocational areas are in the rear wings.

The key site consideration was safely separating the bus dropoff points from the parent dropoff points. In addition to providing safe, accessible pathways for arriving students, landscaped courtyards on each side of the building create attractive student entries. Covered plazas are available for use as outdoor classrooms. Construction is steel frame on concrete foundation. Exterior is brick and concrete masonry unit. Ceilings are lay-in with embedded skylights in the commons and media center.