Northridge High School

Middlebury, Indiana

With a growing high school student population, Middlebury Community Schools was outgrowing its facilities. Middlebury is a strong and involved community, and fundamentally supportive of its school system; thus, the design process to address this growth was one of support and interactive collaboration. Northridge High School showcases the pride and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSCO Engineering; Structural Engineering Services; Vorndran & Associates; Construction Control, Inc.CAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$158.68FEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio efforts on behalf of the community.

Middlebury Schools was quite forward- thinking and student-focused in its project goals, and many unique features of the high school exemplify this remarkable foresight and commitment. The expandable core of the facility can accommodate 2,400 students.

Openness is the breathtaking feature of this high school. The two-entry commons, four academic wings springing from the open two-story circulation corridors with visibility to spaces below, as well as an open central cafeteria space, and an open circulation loop to the auditorium and natatorium, are all aesthetic and functional spaces. Given the open circulation, the vital element of security was maintained.

The school’s goal of an open interior atmosphere connected to the outdoors was achieved via windows/clerestory windows to the outside in all spaces except the auditorium.

This endeavor was completed in two phases: educational spaces and the auditorium/pool. Technology systems in the school are state-of-the-art. Students have access to the central media center, JavaRidge (coffee bar), and can embrace the PE4Life program on the high ropes course and climbing wall in the fieldhouse.

Conceived and designed with a hands-on community input, it is no wonder the Northridge High School spaces foster such an interactive student/community culture.