David Lamb Photography
Size:38,000 square feet
Awards:AIA WHV Citation Award
The overarching goal for the Middletown High School project was to ‘build out the feeling of poverty’ and create a larger vision of a school that didn’t feel economically restrained. The project developed a 10,000sf, technology infused, learning commons at the high school’s center as well as a 28,000sf addition with a 1760sf innovation space, new entry sequence and connection to a new classroom wing.
The first addition, a multifaceted learning commons, was developed in an underutilized central courtyard. The interior space utilizes clerestory windows and the large use of glass walls lends itself to an open, bright and flexible floor plan. The addition also features a green roof which promotes environmental stewardship and functions as a green teaching tool.
The space includes a large innovation lab with a 16-panel viewing screen. A glass wall between the learning suite and the corridor creates a gallery space for displaying student work. The furniture features desk and counter spaces at varying heights, moveable seating and an information desk for instructor support. Ancillary spaces to the central learning suite include digital labs, graphic arts classrooms, a fabrication lab and a lecture/presentation space.
A second, 28,000sf addition, created a third-floor innovation space with break out meeting and small group spaces, a new main entry sequence and connection to a new classroom wing. The innovation lab also utilizes glass walls and window walls to create a striking, open, light filled space. The lab has three 8-panel screens and multiple collaborative desk height and computer powered stations. Adjacent breakout spaces feature graffiti walls, desk and technology space and moveable furniture to facilitate small group collaboration.