Challenged by a tight budget, the architect arrived at solutions using materials such as rubber flooring and concrete for their durability, low maintenance and long life cycle. Light monitors with and without baffles, and clerestory windows bathe interior spaces and use less energy to light classroom areas.
The facade’s iconic tower element stands as a beacon for COST PER SQ FT$145.20FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms in the community. Natural light in interior instructional spaces is intended to boost academic achievement. Translucent walls in classrooms allow spatial interaction with surrounding corridors. Cafe-teria and gym spaces, which may be used by the community during and after hours, are placed intentionally away from quiet academic areas and have separate access to further limit disruptions.
The eco-friendly nature of the school’s setting is incorporated into the curriculum as the natural wooded area surrounding the school doubles as an outdoor learning environment. The building has state-of-the-art technologies such as classroom PCs, wireless connectivity and projection equipment, and the library and main commons share two large computer labs.