Client objectives were to accommodate a growing middle-school population with the design and construction of two new middle schools. For the purpose of economy, twin schools were designed as mirror images of each other to be constructed at totally different sites. Both schools were designed to accommodate 750 pupils and constructed at the same time.
The signature CAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$125.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio concept of these schools is the cluster organization of classrooms, which responds to the client’s desire to reduce the scale of the building and to provide six schools-within-a-school. This efficient classroom layout encourages team teaching, minimizes student travel and enhances supervision.
The two-story classroom wing holds six house clusters for between 75 to 150 students. Each cluster contains a large central common area that is utilized throughout the day by various students and teachers for a variety of activities. Classroom configurations and an accommodating technology plan also permit flexible student groupings to allow for continual updating of teaching methods.
All classrooms are securable apart from the school’s core facilities consisting of the library, cafetorium (a combined cafeteria/auditorium space), and the gymnasium. These core spaces were designed for both school use and after-hours community use.
Throughout the facility particular attention was paid to color and material selection to reinforce the client’s desire to produce a stimulating, child-friendly educational environment.
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