The new middle school was designed to meet the district’s educational program of inter-disciplinary instruction and the community’s need for a public multipurpose center.
Based on concepts of flexibility and expandability, the school is designed to house 800 students with core areas capable of accommodating 1,000. The academic area is organized in seven pods, each CAPACITY850COST PER SQ FT$89.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio1999 Educational Interiors a science lab, math center, English classroom and social studies classroom, staff office and a planning center. This configuration reinforces the program of interdisciplinary teaching techniques.
The focal point of the academic area, a media center containing building-wide technology, is clearly defined as an important element in the overall composition of the building. Equally identifiable is the cafetorium with a full stage and seating for 600. The cafeteria features a scramble-type serving area and serves both students and community.
Architecturally, the school’s bold, straight-forward look features dominant forms of glass fenestration and adjacent masonry walls that are linked together by horizontal masonry bands and an aluminum fascia. Two courtyards flood the academic area with natural light enhancing the spaces and environment of the entire school.
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