The Northeastern School District sought to create a learning environment that is student-centered, academically focused and safety-conscious. A building option was developed to address overcrowding in the elementary and middle schools, provide expansion capabilities and flexibility, and enhance the district’s team-teaching concept.
The new Spring Forge COST PER SQ FT$87.31FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas School’s unique entry tower and suspended glass canopy align with the site’s main pedestrian path, which separates vehicles from buses for increased safety. The main entry lobby’s curved roof structure rises to 1½ stories to allow clerestory natural daylighting and an overlook view from the second floor. The adjacent cafeteria and gymnasium share a stage for student and community performances.
Radiating classroom wings form the core of the large skylighted, octagonal, two-story academic commons area. Recessed display cases, accent lighting, colorful ground-face masonry, decorative oak and metal handrails, and detailed terrazzo flooring are prevalent throughout.