The architecture of Murrieta Mesa High School displays an understanding of how theater, administration and gymnasium spaces, as public/civic elements of the campus, support the more private cloistered spaces of the classrooms. The public/civic elements are arranged to front the public street, and the classrooms are arranged around a student commons and amphitheater that CAPACITY2,200COST PER SQ FT$348.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress the private heart of the campus. Access into the heart of the campus and connections to the larger community are found through courtyards and view corridors.
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The classroom spaces are organized departmentally to facilitate sharing among teachers within disciplines. Learning director and coordinator teams are grouped in learning centers open to the student commons to foster direct involvement and help students identify with their grade-level house, giving them a secure sense of place in the larger community.
Murrieta Mesa High School exceeds California energy requirements by 27 percent through the use of recycled content, construction waste management and superior acoustics.