This was the creation of a new educational model focused on science education with the majority of the space devoted to science laboratories and flexible space. The laboratory spaces however, were designed to be similar to those of the Translational Genomics Institute laboratories.
The high school was designed to accommodate 400 students. To create a sense of commonality, the large commons/cafeteria space was created allowing the passageways on the upper floors to look out into that space. There is a grand staircase that joins all the floors. Each floor has large flex spaces to accommodate student groupings for informal and structured class work. Also included are art and music classrooms.
This project has received numerous national awards form educational and design organizations.
Paul Winslow, FAIA, was the architect of record and led the programming process with all stakeholders to discuss and define a new educational program that would prepare the students for a Science or Engineering career. He also led the design process, and oversaw the construction administration while working at Orcutt/Winslow.
IN THE NEWS
2009 | Learning by Design,
Design Awards Grand Prize Award
2008 | AIA CAE Educational Facility Design Awards, Award of Merit
2007 | Construction Communications,
Gold Building of America Award for K12 Education in Arizona