HAA designed this building with a focus on providing an inspiring environment that enhanced the learning and creative processes, while supporting the children in their transition from elementary to high school. All classrooms have large windows to allow for natural lighting and views (a factor proven to improve testing and well-being). Vibrant colors were used as the primary tool in way-finding, grade-level, and room identification. Symbolically, all of the colors come together in the common areas, such as the library, cafeteria and theater. The library is dynamic in form, with 4 large glass boxes, representing the creative arts. These volumes are balanced by the graceful curve of the stacks wall. The cafeteria features floor to ceiling glass on two sides with views of the courtyard to the south and athletic fields and greenway to the north. The theatre, painted black to enhance the audience experience is punctuated by bright chairs, handrails and maple- veneered acoustical panels.
Careful attention was paid to the entrance and courtyard areas. It was our intent to design these spaces to foster a creative atmosphere. Outside of the main entrance, there are raised platforms that serve not only as a sitting area, but also as place for a student art courtyard. The courtyard space contains an amphitheater and intimate outdoor rooms that can be used for music, dance and theater rehearsal.