In early 2009, the district decided that it was ready for a new middle school prototype.
The challenge was to provide the district with a prototype that offers the flexibility for re-site, incorporates a smaller footprint, increases daylighting in classrooms, and provides a 21st-century learning environment COST PER SQ FT$122.46FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas today’s digital generation.
Salyards Middle School is a three-story facility that emulates a Rubik’s Cube with corner entries and multiple fronts that can be re-sited based on the site orientation and school floor traffic. The footprint of this new prototype is 35 percent smaller than the district’s existing middle school prototype, but the number of classrooms with daylighting has been increased from 30 to 95 percent.
The typical halls and walls have been transformed into an open design concept: glass walls between the classrooms and the main corridor provide a window into learning environments; interactive flex spaces promote self-directed learning and project-based team collaboration; and a courtyard in the center of the building visually connects the three floors.
This collegiate-style environment also incorporates technology to raise the quality of the facility to meet the needs of today’s students. A wireless overlay is available for network and Internet access. Each classroom includes a smartboard, two video projection walls and network hard drops.