This new middle school features an efficient layout, abundant natural lighting, and an insulated, loadbearing precast concrete structure. Its design utilizes a learning community or “pod” concept.
The T-shaped building has two pods, one for grades 5-6, and another for grades 7-8, forming the “arms” of the T. Within each pod, classrooms are arranged around a central activity area, teacher work room and resource rooms. A third pod, forming a lower-case “t” shap, can be added in the future.
The pods connect at the media center, art classrooms, industrial technology and family consumer science areas. Furthest from the classrooms, toward the base of the “T,” are the music and stage area, kitchen/commons areas, main entry, administration area and gymnasium. The school also features a special education suite.
Site planning includes separate drop-off lanes for parents and school buses, and parking near activity areas. Opportunities for environmental education areas were provided, as was potential for a future community fitness facility. We also completed HVAC improvements at the high school.