The three main aspects that shaped the project were the need to accommodate future growth in student population; security and zoning of the building to separate the public-event areas from the main academic functions; and design of unique and efficient spaces that respond to the educational need.
In order to address future growth, the academic portion of the building COST PER SQ FT$92.48FEATURED IN2000 Educational Interiors1999 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas on an X-type plan. A centrally located two-story student commons acts as an organization node and reference point. The commons also gives access to the academic wings and, from the exterior, media center, the administrative suite, and the large-group instruction room.
The wings were designed for future addition of classrooms at the ends of two of the wings. Future expansion will accommodate eight classrooms (four per floor) on each of the two wings, increasing the enrollment by another 400 students.
The public-event area was designed around a large cafeteria/commons space. This area serves as a social gathering space, as well as a dining and activity area for students. The commons/lobby also is used for large public events associated with the gymnasiums and auditorium.
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