Expand an outdated, occupied facility into a modern middle school for 1,200 students in grades 6, 7, and 8 was the charge. In addition, the school had to provide for team teaching, clustering, flexibility, interdisciplinary instruction, computer access and teacher planning. The district wanted to update and add specialized spaces including media center, art, music, ASSOCIATED FIRMPierce ArchitectureCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$69.38FEATURED IN1998 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation labs, technology, ESL, special education, large-group instruction and drama. Core areas needed to be expanded and renovated. The school wanted to replace plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems, and add air conditioning, computer and video infrastructure, and sprinklers. Other changes included replacing roofs, doors and windows, and stabilizing the exterior brick veneer, as well as improving site circulation and surveillance, and expanding parking.
These challenges required radical solutions including creating grade-level pods incorporating folding partitions, science labs, computer labs and planning areas by expanding out through existing bearing walls; totally renovate shop areas into high-tech exploratory labs; build a new media center in the heart of the building; and shift the main entry to a location visible from a new main office suite.
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