Nazareth Middle School

Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Increased enrollment prompted this district to build a new facility enabling them to proceed with renovation and expansion programs for existing overcrowded and deteriorating facilities.

The design concept incorporated educational needs with architectural features to achieve a stimulating environment.

Building elements, features and systems include: the main ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$106.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio wing located at the second floor level, housing the gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, administration offices and two-story media center centered within a three-story ceiling; glass-block window walls permit third-floor classrooms surrounding the media center to access natural daylight from skylights dominating the media center ceiling; unique floor patterns of arcs and circles repeat the unusual kidney-shaped administration offices theme to capture interest, as do wall graphics and column accents; an operable wall between the auditorium and cafeteria allows conversion into one large facility; wide corridors directly access central spaces and feature terrazzo floors and ground-face block walls for low maintenance; instructional spaces access each other, central audiovisual files and computer data systems through the technology; energy-efficient HVAC system, sound, emergency, lighting and power systems ensure a healthy environment.

Photographer: ©John Allen