(Please note: Capacity and Area figures are per building)
To relieve overcrowding of South-Western City School District’s facilities, four new intermediate schools are the first of several schools designed for the district’s new building program. With less than 10 percent of the space allocated to circulation, the prototype design provides CAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$99.63FEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress efficient, cost-effective solution for the district while meeting the educational needs of the district’s fifth- and sixth-grade students.
Large classrooms connected by double doors and shared teacher workrooms with full views of both classrooms support the district’s team-teaching philosophy. Special dividable classrooms provide space for small-group programs with future flexibility as an additional classroom.
The technology infrastructure supports computer use by both students and teachers in all educational spaces. The ability to close off the educational wings enables public access to the multipurpose room/gymnasium and the media center area during after-school hours.
A dominant glass tower easily identifies the main entrance to the buildings, adding an abundance of natural light and warmth to the commons entry space.
To ensure safety and security, each school has a controlled visitors’ entrance through the reception area, and separates bus, parent/visitor and staff traffic.