I.J. Holton Intermediate School

Austin, Minnesota

I.J. Holton Intermediate School embraces science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), harnessing curiosity for engineering/technology learning while enhancing real-world experiences. The design emphasizes anytime, anyplace technology access; flexibility with classroom size and learning areas; and "seeing learning" with ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY880COST PER SQ FT$163.06FEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio engagement.


Anytime, anyplace technology locates space to where students learn and experiment. Virtual learning resource centers incorporate technology into six learning communities. Breakout spaces support research and switch to "hands-on" work without interruption.


Science classrooms feature bi-fold glass panels opening to breakout spaces. Pivot walls open to rooms to provide flexibility. Art/technology labs showcase students with large-scale experiments occurring in the “tech court.”


Labs and studios feature perimeter casework, utilizing center areas for experiments, presentations, and seating for teaming and demonstrations. Windows replace solid partitions and allow viewing of the activities within.


“Feet and meter” markings in terrazzo floors and on walls turn hallways into teaching tools, giving students a sense of measurements, conversions and scale. Students compare their height with favorite dinosaurs and use this tool in real-life experiments involving kinetics, distances and projectiles.