This decades-old school once had been the district’s high school, but over time had evolved into a checkered site of disconnected buildings with little aesthetic cohesion. The goals for this renovation were to connect all parts of the school under one roof; to create a convenient circulation flow around and through a new courtyard; and to create a CAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$111.86FEATURED IN2009 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation architectural style to be carried throughout the campus.
The design concept involves arranging the campus on two separate structural grids at a 30-degree angle from each other, situating academic areas on one grid and activity/public areas on the other. Two prevailing, but different, masonry patterns in the existing facility were retained in the renovation and resolved creatively by assigning them to the academic and public grids, and continuing them in the additions.
Older buildings were demolished and replaced. Newer portions were retained and upgraded. This renovation also had to meet the same program requirements as the district’s other middle school (a new building) in order to maintain parity. A new front gave the school a fresh identity in the community.