Talley Middle School

Wilmington, Delaware

  • FIRM

    ABHA Architects


    Brandywine School District

  • AREA

    120,500 sq.ft.





The modernization and renovation of this 1972 middle school consisted of a complete mechanical and electrical upgrade, related architectural upgrades, code and accessibility upgrades, upgrades to suit current teaching methodologies, and some exterior repairs.

A major design requirement was for a new library that evoked a quiet and light-filled garden space. This was ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$104.00FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers by removing corridor walls and converting the former library area from a dark interior space to a bright, airy one overlooking an inviting courtyard.

The carpet, in earth tones, has a leafy motif that is repeated on the bookshelf ends and chair backs. Ceilings were raised in the central area with direct and indirect lighting for ease of reading and computer use. The library has a separate reading/study space and computers with Internet access. An adjacent instructional/research space is separated from the main library with a glazed partition that enables the librarian to work both sides efficiently. The furniture setup also allows the room to be used as a training area for students and faculty.