Roy Martin Middle School replaces the original, parts of which fell victim to arson in 2004. The challenge was to build a multi-level school and include programmed functions on a 10-acre site. The previous facility was in a one-story building on 20 acres.
The central courtyard is the driving force of the two-story concept; all school functions revolve around COST PER SQ FT$281.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms courtyard. Separation of buildings allows unique architectural identities for each primary school function (i.e. commons, gym, administration). This design creates necessary distances between buildings for daylighting. The buildings evolved, creating the most beneficial passive daylighting design strategy. Daylighting occurs in two ways: classrooms on the second floor have direct light via roof monitors and windows. Classrooms on the first floor receive daylight via light shafts penetrating between classrooms on the second floor to rooms on the first. Daylighting decreases the artificial lighting required to illuminate interior spaces, decreasing heat load and energy costs caused by artificial lights. Classrooms receive enough daylight throughout the year, requiring artificial lighting 30 percent of the time.