This project is a replacement facility for the Mary Meredith Exceptional School Campus. Project requirements included phasing to enable construction while the school remained operational; integration of the existing multi-purpose building; demolition of existing portable classrooms; and site improvements such as new staff parking, playgrounds, and fire CAPACITY100COST PER SQ FT$246.67FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio bus dropoff lanes. The site is adjacent to an elementary school and district support center, where space on the site was limited and posed circulation challenges.
Mary Meredith K-12 serves special-needs children who have histories of destructive behavior. For this reason, the design features materials that are less prone to vandalism and more appropriate for heavy wear. The single-building school includes a library, eight classrooms, computer lab and vocational/life-skills learning area.
The internal courtyard serves a security function as well as a play and student activity space. It provides a safe environment for students and staff because it can be monitored and enhances occupant security with a single access/egress area.
Administrative offices are clustered at both exits to provide additional monitoring and provide separation between K-6 classrooms and upper grades.