With no room on site to expand, the challenge for this growing middle school was one of re-imagining the shape, use and scheduling of existing spaces. A small, rarely used, sloped floor auditorium was demolished to make way for a multipurpose room (MPR) and full-service kitchen. This new space easily accommodated the school’s lunch program, allowing COST PER SQ FT$234.00FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYMultipurpose Rooms building’s auxiliary gymnasium to resume its full time athletic activities. In addition, the MPR is used for board and community meetings, after-school clubs, athletics, staff training, and performances.
It is a warm and inviting space, featuring a coffered, acoustical, linear wood ceiling, wrapping down to painted block walls, and ground face block trim and wainscoting. Dual projection screens, customized lighting, advanced sound systems and the owner-requested bi-directional symmetry of the ceiling and floor provides ultimate flexibility. During performances, or when otherwise required, the room’s dividing curtain doubles as a stage curtain. Adjacent storage allows movable furni ture to be deployed and configured in minutes to accommodate MPR's many functions.