The challenges faced in designing the media center at Buckner Elementary School included: the media center should be the heart of the school; the design should adapt to the sloped building site.
The design team met on-site with facility committee members and developed a creative three-story media center centrally located between the classroom areas of the school. The ASSOCIATED FIRMScott/Klausing & CompanyCAPACITY825COST PER SQ FT$110.91FEATURED IN1999 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers took advantage of the sloped site and allowed the media center to communicate with amenities on the site.
The height of the space was used by creating a sky appearance using acoustical ceiling tile formed into the shape of clouds. Natural light is introduced through large clerestory windows above reading lofts. Lofts are accessible by a circular staircase, or directly from the academic classroom corridor of the upper level. The media center is visible through a two-story glass wall from the main lobby.
The media-retrieval system for the facility is housed in an area adjacent to the charge desk. A production space is accessible from the media center and available for students to broadcast morning announcements and other productions.
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