Hastings Public Schools required a distinctive, economical and flexible middle school. The architect met these goals, incorporating several innovative design solutions.
Working closely with a concrete fabricator, the firm devised a new method to create patterned, precast concrete panels. Form liners were used to mold CAPACITY900COST PER SQ FT$115.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio in each panel as it was manufactured. The liners were rotated slightly for each panel, resulting in 240 unique panels. These symbolize each student’s individuality.
This technique provided a distinctive building reflecting Hastings’ culture and values, and enabled the district to meet a fast-track schedule at about $115 per square foot.
Internally, the main organizing element is a large flexible space that serves as a commons, cafeteria and auditorium. Classrooms are arranged in pods for each grade, with separate entrances by grade. The functional organization promotes flexibility, enhances security and minimizes noise intrusions.