The vision for this project was to create a functional and inspiring atmosphere that would spark an interest in learning in a facility that responded architecturally to the agricultural history of the town.
The building was designed using materials familiar to the community, including architectural metal wall panels, tilt-up concrete and masonry. These materials were COST PER SQ FT$92.65FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas to reflect the architecture of the grain silos that are prevalent in the community.
The building is separated by functions. The classroom wings are tied together with a main circulation corridor, which houses the shared activities such as the library, art classroom and computer labs. The new middle school provides a colorful and architecturally interesting atmosphere for students. Large windows are provided throughout, offering expansive daylighting in learning spaces. All learning spaces include “smart boards” utilizing the latest in computer technology.
The noisy spaces such as the band and the physical-education room are at the opposite end of the building away from the academic areas.