Neuse Charter School

Smithfield, North Carolina

Design team: Jim Sherrer, Jr. AIA (Principal In Charge), Jonathan Medlin AIA LEED AP (Project Architect), Trevor Cundiff (REVIT Modeler), Fluhrer-Reed (Structural Engineers), Crenshaw Consulting Engineers Inc. (MEP Engineers)

With early interaction from the entire design team and guidance from the school’s board of directors, the project was completed on time ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY300COST PER SQ FT$150.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio under budget. The collaboration resulted in a statement building, well-suited to represent the values of the school. A senator said, “I’m blown away … This looks like a higher-education building … This is one of the great success stories of the state.”
The three-story structure sits at the front of the 26-acre campus and houses 14 classrooms and four science labs. The organizing theme of the layout is the suspended Group Study Pods that hang in the open, airy, two-story Student Commons. The education model is built on collaboration, and the facility exhibits it.
The building is situated to maximize the use of daylighting. Each classroom has either north- or south-facing glass. Expansive glass in the commons faces north for light and energy efficiency.
The school has been recognized with several awards, including a NC School of Distinction and a NC Honor School of Excellence.