Clifford Pierce Middle School

Merrillville, Indiana

  • FIRM

    R.W. Clinton & Associates


    Merrillville Community School Corporation

  • AREA

    262,697 sq.ft.





Clifford Pierce Middle School underwent historical remodeling years ago that yielded a multileveled, disconnected arrangement of spaces wrapped in a mansard-style exterior finish. The district sought a total renovation to convert the building to a state-of-the-art middle school with additions that would house a student population of 1,000.

The project added a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$92.52FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation kitchen, cafeteria and stage, auxiliary gymnasium and 30 instructional spaces. Remodeling work included the planetarium, a large-group instruction room, orchestra room, keyboards lab, computer labs and locker rooms.

Classrooms are arranged to facilitate teaming. Each grade-level pod consists of math, English and social-studies classrooms and a science lab. Next to each pod is a faculty workroom and a storage room.

The two-story main entrance was positioned to separate academic areas from physical-education areas. Existing interior circulation spaces were simplified and enlarged around the cafeteria and gym, providing much-needed space for large events. These act as a connector between the main entrance, student entrance and outdoor physical-education areas.

Photographer: ©Steve Koger