Taft Middle School Renovations

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • FIRM

    MODA Architecture

  • CLIENT

    City of Oklahoma City, MAPS for Kids

  • AREA

    112,533 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $7,600,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    3/2015

Listed as a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, Taft Middle School is an Art Deco treasure in Oklahoma City. Built in 1931, the school was given a facelift in 2014.
The brick, cast-stone, and glazed terra cotta building was designed by Layton, Hicks & Forsyth and is considered to be one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$67.50FEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation City.
MODA Architecture revived and restored this local landmark with funds raised through the Metro Area Projects for Kids program, a voluntary tax approved by Oklahoma City voters to improve local schools.
Years of wear and tear left the school with a laundry list of necessary upgrades, including an overhaul of the electrical, HVAC and technology systems.
The school’s original design elements were exposed, revitalized and preserved in the corridors, auditorium and library. MODA brought the interiors back to life with historically inspired colors and tiles, and the functionality of the building was completely modernized. This included resolving any ADA accessibility issues.
The administration wing was transformed into a modernized hub for the school. It features Deco-inspired ceilings and a glass partition wall.
Because Taft was slated to be Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Arts Academy for middle school students, MODA created teaching spaces dedicated to the arts. These included band and orchestra rooms, art studios and a shared kiln for ceramics. Classrooms, restrooms, healthcare facilities and additional office space were created to enhance the functionality of the school. The cafeteria, gymnasium and locker rooms also were renovated.