Orono Middle School

Orono, Minnesota

The new Orono Middle School is the next step in a campus master plan for ISD No. 278. It is situated across from the district’s high school.

Each of the building’s six individual houses contains four classrooms, one wet lab, conference room for independent learning, staff offices and shared resource area overlooking the adjacent woods.

House entries are from a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY675COST PER SQ FT$95.65FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio corridor that also contains students lockers. Support spaces, including the instructional-technology labs, media center, and art and music suites, are across from the houses.

Other features of the middle school include a full-size gymnasium; multipurpose athletics/aerobics room; lecture room for 225 students (two houses); and student cafeteria and patio overlooking the adjacent woods.

The building’s size is intimate compared with other similarly programmed middle schools. Its circulation system allows each user broad visibility. The exterior color palette blends well with existing campus buildings (tan bricks/white stucco), and the new, darker brick blends with surrounding woods. The interior color palette references natural seasonal color changes with orange-gold-plum elements and dark green accents. The wood is a natural oak color.