This innovative design was driven by the educational requirements of the district, a challenging suburban site and the desire to express an iconic academic character in the building’s external appearance.
The spacious commons area is the heart of the building. This two-story space is used for assembly and dining, and is flanked by food-service facilities. The main CAPACITY2,400COST PER SQ FT$108.79CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2006 Educational Interiors2006 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas splits the building lengthwise and separates quiet classroom areas from noisy areas such as those used for music and physical education.
Inside and out, the school showcases the creative use of a variety of materials and finishes. The project’s common areas incorporate glazed tile, a ceramic tile school logo on the floor, red brick, cast- stone bull nose, custom wood crown molding, custom stair railings with finish paint, glass fiber-reinforced gypsum (GFRG) column capitals with finish paint, and specialty (crown molding) acoustical ceiling tiles. Energy-efficient, double-paned, polycarbonate, barrel-vaulted skylights in the central corridor permit natural light into all mainstream areas.
“Very impressive space. From the geometric floor pattern to the domed atrium, this is a functional, classical design with low maintenance requirements.”--2006 jury