The design meets the goal of replacing the beloved, but deteriorating, 1929 Beebe School with a 21st-century environmental and health-science magnet school for 850 students in grades K to 8. This complex accommodates two separate schools under one roof, organizing the elementary school (K to 4) within the southern half of the building, and the middle school (5 to 8) in COST PER SQ FT$115.00CITATIONSpecialized Facility CitationFEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized northern half. A spacious central corridor separates the two academic wings and provides access to shared core space including a large gymnasium, a 4,100-square-foot cafeteria, a 340-seat auditorium and a library/media center.
Careful siting and compact massing ensured that the school would not overwhelm its tight 3.7 acre site or the surrounding neighborhood. Situated along an east-west axis and nestled into a hillside with a 28-foot grade differential, the building’s four-story footprint accommodates a large educational program, while sacrificing only a minimal amount of adjacent park-land space.
A linear spine provides a link between the ground-level plaza at the front of the school, and a revitalized hilltop park at the back of the school, accessible from the third-floor cafeteria via a pedestrian bridge.
"Inspiring school for kids...nice entryway feature...bright colors warm up the areas."—2000 Architectural Portfolio jury
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