Design goals for this project were established by a select group of key stakeholders, including teachers, parents, students, administrators and members of the community. These stakeholders had the unique opportunity to collaborate directly with the architects during the design process.
Reflecting the district’s teaming philosophy became one of the chief COST PER SQ FT$88.31FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio considerations. Addressing this issue, all academic areas were placed at one end of the school, anchored by the library/media center, and organized into classroom pods to facilitate a teaming environment.
Core activity spaces were separated from the academic area to protect the learning environment from excessive noise related to these areas. Core spaces include the dining, fine arts and gymnasium areas.
The reduction of long-term maintenance needs drove many decisions related to material selection. Terrazzo flooring, though it carries a higher initial cost, was used in the cafeteria and all main corridors where wear and tear is most common.
Other design features include: campuswide integrated technology; separated traffic patterns for pedestrians, school buses and parents; three-level, tired dining area stepping down to a platform stage.
Photographer: ©Brian Harness