The design of Mesa Middle School fosters academic achievement in a sustainable environment. Flexible classroom configurations and grade appropriate science labs further instructional methods. The siting of the academic buildings creates a central courtyard appropriate for large or small group interaction. The academic buildings are connected to core campus facilities by a series of canopy covered walkways.
V. Sue Cleveland High School is the initial building constructed in the City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico’s, “Paseo Gateway.” Rio Rancho describes itself as a ‘City of Vision’ and Sue Cleveland High School is the community-based embodiment of that Vision.
Anchored by a community based design process, the prototype school was designed utilizing High Performance Schools (HiPS) guidelines for energy efficiency. The design provides a kit of basic school components for 650 elementary students. The prototype fosters a neighborhood connection as the school’s components are arranged in various configurations to maximize the site and the exterior of each school integrates with the neighborhood through the addition of exterior details and colors.
The James Monroe Middle School site, situated in the midst of an ancient lava flow, presented significant design challenges; 175,000 cubic yards or earth were brought in and compacted to raise the site and four foot to cover the basalt. The school design is a fusion of traditional pueblo building elements, such as, battered walls, natural rock, and deep set windows interpreted in a contemporary design idiom.
This K-8 boarding school for 845 students at Fort Wingate, New Mexico is the first new school in the area since 1966. The $37.4 million, 260,800-sf school includes an early childhood center, classrooms, science labs, a media center, computer technology classrooms, a cafeteria, a multipurpose gymnasium, locker rooms, storage, administrative services area, and family-style dormitories for the 650 Navajo students who live on campus.
Santa Fe Indian School is both a modern learning institution and a Pueblo village home for the school’s 900 students in grades 7-12. The students predominantly come from the Nineteen Northern New Mexico Pueblos. The campus master plan called for siting the campus on a north-south/east-west axis for harmony with the Native People’s reverence for the spiritual nature of the cardinal directions.
Ramirez Thomas Elementary School reflects the input of the local community, the school administration and teachers. Built on a 11.5-acre site in Santa Fe, the 76,000 square foot facility consists of a school core containing the administration area, media center, gymnasium, cafeteria/multi purpose space, a courtyard amphitheater, activity plazas, and outdoor play areas designated by age groups.
The Simms Fine Arts Center renovation created a true multi-purpose performance venue in what was once a nondescript, 1950s school auditorium. The redesigned facility bridges the dual mission of functioning for the school music and theatre education departments and as a venue for community use. The renovation work included Pickett Auditorium, a 570-seat multi-use performance theatre and Johnson Theatre, a 165-seat black box theatre.
To develop a Master Plan for this 10-acre, west side neighborhood school the design team worked closely with the Building Committee, District Administration, and the neighborhood to develop a design reflecting the uniqueness of the environment, the prominence of school in their daily lives, and a melding of site and building. With the input of the teaching staff and the learning environment consultant, Anne Taylor, Ph.D., the design focused on developing a physical setting to support the curriculum.