Colonel Smith Middle School

Fort Huachuca, Arizona


EMC2 Group Architects Planners, PC


Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District


88,693 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


The new Colonel Smith Middle School offers a STEM curriculum organized around the building’s net-zero strategies. It is anticipated to be the first net-zero K-12 school in Arizona. 

The design uses open learning environments, mobile furniture and handheld devices to support project-based learning and encourage use of the entire facility. The center of the building is the Research Commons, a non-traditional library in which everything moves—even the books—thanks to mobile shelving. The technology-rich space includes information hot spots and wired laptop access, as well as wireless capabilities for tablets. 

Just outside the Research Commons is a popular energy dashboard that enables students to track the school’s energy use and renewable-energy systems through a dynamic touchscreen, or through an app on their mobile devices. 

The Research Commons, like all regularly occupied spaces in Colonel Smith, includes a combination of daylighting through skylights, windows and clerestory windows. As a result, the school is projected to reduce energy use related to electrical lighting by up to 80 percent.

“Lots of opportunities for student collaboration and engagement. It’s a place where we would want to learn.”–2013 jury

Additional Information

Associated Firm

Fanning Howey

Cost per Sq Ft



Silver Citation

Featured in

2013 Educational Interiors

Interior category

Libraries/Media Centers

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Interface
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Physical-Education Flooring by Horner Flooring
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceilings by USG
Door Hardware by Schlage
Doors by Schlage
Insulation by Owens Corning
Movable Partitions/Walls by Arcadia
Movable Partitions/Walls by Modernfold
Paint/Wallcoverings by Benjamin Moore
Plumbing by Elkay
Plumbing by Kohler
Plumbing by Delta Faucet
Roofing by Firestone Building Products
Skylights by Arcalight
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Visa Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Elliptipar
Lighting & Accessories by Winona Lighting
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Notifier
Card Systems by Ingersoll Rand
Cafeteria Furniture by Steelcase
Cafeteria Furniture by V/S America
Cafeteria Furniture by Knoll
Classroom Furniture by Steelcase
Classroom Furniture by Harter
Classroom Furniture by KI
Computer Furniture by Fixtures Furniture
Computer Furniture by KI
Computer Furniture by V/S America
Computer Furniture by Steelcase
Library/Media Center Furniture by Izzy Design
Library/Media Center Furniture by Steelcase
Library/Media Center Furniture by Harter
Lounge Furniture by Steelcase
Office Furniture by Steelcase
Lounge Furniture by EKO Contract
Office Furniture by KI
Office Furniture by V/S America
Science Furniture by V/S America
Science Furniture by KI
Science Furniture by Harter
Classroom Furniture by Shuttle Furniture
Library/Media Center Furniture by Shuttle Furniture
Library/Media Center Furniture by In2design
Office Furniture by In2design
Science Furniture by Shuttle Furniture
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Excel Dryer
Bleachers/Grandstands by Hussey Seating
HVAC Units by McQuay
HVAC Units by Alerton
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Walltalkers
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Promethean
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