This comprehensive renovation and addition project transformed an outdated 1960s middle school into a contemporary fifth/sixth-grade center for the Oxford Area (Pa.) School District. The 121,000-square-foot facility accommodates 825 students and has more than doubled the original school’s size.
The layout is designed to reinforce the district’s CAPACITY825COST PER SQ FT$177.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio educational concept used specifically for this level of student. The Dyad concept involves pairing two classrooms together and linking them with a communicating door. One of the classrooms is dedicated to science and math, and the other is dedicated to history and language-based subjects. Teachers change rooms via the connecting doorway. This reduces time lost when students change classrooms and reinforces the team approach among faculty members.
Careful placement of a new loop road to provide more secure dropoff created the opportunity for a new playground. Several mature shade trees and more than 90 percent of the existing building shell were preserved. Selective investments in sustainable technologies and materials will enable this facility to be the most efficiently operated building in the district.