The learning environment for this new school revolves around two complementary themes: providing magnet programs that focus on complex thinking and applied knowledge; and smaller learning communities that personalize the learning environment in a large building.
The site development was treated as an extension ASSOCIATED FIRMMitchell and Mouat Architects, Inc.CAPACITY1,600COST PER SQ FT$176.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio the existing environment, which includes a densely forested surrounding community. Developing only 65 acres of the 110-acre property preserved the natural woodlands and wetlands. A four-story design configuration reduces the building footprint. The football/soccer stadium was set into a lower portion of the property, reducing visual clutter. The lack of a permanent irrigation system will maintain a harmonious site for people, wildlife and natural landscaping.
Other features: LEED silver-certified, energy-efficient building; horizontal-loop geothermal heating and cooling system; vertical axis wind turbine; structural-steel frame; steel-stud exterior wall systems; brick veneer and ground-face masonry units; horizontal ribbed steel panels; and tinted high-performance glass.