Designed as a 2,100-student station prototype, Glades Middle School is composed of three buildings organized around a central gathering courtyard with a defined sense of entry. Two academic buildings contain general classrooms, skills, health, consumer science, business and science labs, the administration suite and media center. The house concept within the school CAPACITY1,998COST PER SQ FT$153.85FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio each grade level to be designated in its own area of the buildings. Common areas for students and faculty are provided at the building center for convenient access and allow teaching areas to have the greatest amount of natural-light exposure. The assembly building is designed to become a community resource, as its operation easily facilitates after-hours use without opening the entire school to the public.
Additionally, the compact school design enables the site field and green areas to be maximized, enabling enhanced community use with adjacent parks. The central courtyard, open green spaces and park settings provide numerous external learning opportunities that enable students to be physically active, and to interact with the community and natural world around them.