This middle school is located on the site of an old high school that was attended by many members of the community. While the old building was a popular landmark, the community needed a new middle school with modern classrooms and support facilities.
The goal was to create a modern facility while preserving some vestige of the old building. This was achieved by ASSOCIATED FIRMPowell and Hinkle Consulting EngineersCAPACITY1,100COST PER SQ FT$99.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio the front entry of the original school and making it the focal point of a courtyard. Surrounding the courtyard are the new classroom building, administration building, cafetorium building and media center. The courtyard is a gathering place for students, faculty and the local community. The partial facade of the building, known as the memorial wall, is used as a backdrop for schoolwide meetings and concerts.
The new buildings’ elevations used a limited palette in a fresh way to create a richness of detail that complements the original structure in form, color and proportion. The interiors are designed to create a pleasant atmosphere for learning in the future.
Photographer: ©Neil Rashba