November 12, 2009

Ballard Middle School Addition

NEEDS:

  • Larger and more junior high science classrooms for growing school district
  • Flexible spaces to facilitate both lab and lecture functions within the same space
  • Integration of new technologies

CHALLENGES:

  • Twelve week construction timeframe to create junior high labs out of three existing classrooms
  • Additions to fit in within long range planning of the school district
  • Coordinate work and installation of equipment over multiple phases

SOLUTION:

  • Bid project in winter to allow for equipment delivery ready for installation in summer
  • Shared preparation spaces to minimize costs
  • Some equipment and furniture mobile to allow instructors to customize their space

Roland-Story Multi-Purpose Room

Needs:

  • A middle school requiring a larger space for assemblies, physical education, community events, and athletic competition.

Challenges:

  • Providing a truly multi-purpose facility able to accommodate a wide range of school and community activities.
  • Fitting an addition into an existing school building both programmatically and aesthetically.

Solution:

  • The design utilized a precast concrete and masonry structure which took several design cues from the existing building, including repetition of forms.
  • Materials used to finish the spaces can accommodate many kinds of use and the multi-purpose space can be manipulated to conform to unique uses.
A middle school requiring a larger space for assemblies, physical education, community events, and athletic competition.