The East Central School District built a new pre-K to 12 facility to replace three facilities suffering from serious mold and indoor air quality problems.
Inspired by the adjacent state park, the abandoned Banning sandstone quarry, and the beautiful Kettle River—named for its swirling river kettles—the design team selected materials and details to commemorate COST PER SQ FT$117.25FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon AreasSUB CATEGORYSpecialized region’s history, reflect nature and demonstrate sustainability.
A long corridor curves through the building in a gentle sweep similar to the Kettle River’s flow through the state park. Tinted concrete floors and tiles of vivid blue depict the varied colors of the river. Leaves floating atop the deep-water kettles of the river inspired the leaf motif applied throughout the building. Mosaics of silver, bronze and copper metal leaves cast amid broken porcelain tiles periodically interrupt the concrete floors. Dark-green metal roof cladding represents the adjacent forest canopy. Rough brown concrete block walls depict blocks of stone and the sharp planes of canyon walls left behind in the quarry. Vertical articulating lines in the rock-faced block recall drill lines visible at the quarry.