To meet the school district’s goal of creating a new K to 8, two-school campus, the architect was able to modify the district’s prototype elementary school and connect it to a new 1,000-student middle school. The connection of the schools allowed the district to realize savings in site development, utility services, mechanical systems and overall building costs while CAPACITY1,900COST PER SQ FT$157.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized the objective of creating a new 1,900-student campus.
A key challenge was maintaining distinct identities and learning environments for the two schools and diverse student populations. The two separately identifiable schools operate independently while realizing the benefits of a more efficient building footprint and site-
The central core area includes two gymnasiums, locker areas and fitness spaces, as well as the middle school auditorium. In addition, the central food-service area that serves two separate cafeteria areas enables students, or multiple community groups, to use the facility at the same time. This central core provides for a functional community center that is accessible during non-school hours.