Designed in response to a constrained site, a science and classroom expansion tops a one-story classroom wing and extends over an existing courtyard, thus creating three distinct courtyards. A skin of insulated metal panels provides a thermal envelope, while complementing an adjacent addition.
A “travel corridor,” employing black tiles that reference tiled feature walls in the existing facility, creates a curving connection between the commons and the expansion. The travel theme extends up a main stair that unites the addition’s three levels, then culminates in a roof deck/experiment balcony. A plank of black tile tops the stairwell and extends from the midway point of the south façade.
Courtyard exterior windows and interior corridor viewing walls not only diffuse daylight throughout the space, but also exhibit to passersby the STEM and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Labs that enable curriculum growth. The labs offer mobile science casework and programmed stations including a “Think Tank” and a “Nano Nook,” while sharing a machine lab, locker room, and interior window, along with a courtyard for outdoor experiments.
A second-level extension that curves over a science courtyard houses classroom-accessible breakout space separated by glass dividers. Above the breakout space, students test projects on the third-story experiment balcony.
The addition is designed as a teaching tool—STEM and PLTW Labs display mechanical systems, while corridors feature an exposed structural system with tile bases. Daylight fills student gathering zones, ranging from the base of the main stair to corridor terminuses with built-in benches.