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The tour of new schools is a highlight of EDspaces each year. Over three days this November, virtual visits take participants to new builds in Missouri, South Carolina, California, Arizona, and Illinois. They’re all award winners, and present the latest and best in educational design. Here’s the lineup.
November 10, 12:15 p.m.
Reeds Spring Middle School, Reeds Spring, Missouri
“Reeds Spring Middle School takes advantage of a steeply sloped and heavily wooded site to combine student learning, community engagement and the natural environment,” says Dake Wells Architecture. The school is at the edge of a wooded area and flows gracefully down an existing ravine. It’s organized into four key elements: the shed, the stream, the bluff, and the cave. The shed contains all of the tools, traditional and cutting edge, required for learning. A large central atrium collects and accommodates the flow of people like a stream. A massive masonry wall resembling the rock bluffs in the Ozarks retains earth and provides safety. A competition gym and a 1,000 seat auditorium nestle into an existing hollow like a cave.
Cherry Park Elementary School of Language Immersion,
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Moseley Architects designed the new 76,000-square-foot, two-story school with hallways that feature multiple teaching spaces. Called “Casa Maisons” they provide spaces for breakouts and collaborative learning.
Cherry Park is an addition to an existing middle school, which was partially renovated to house the fourth- and fifth-grade classroom wing. The expanded campus allows the students to easily transition from one school to the other to provide uninterrupted in-depth language studies through the eighth grade.
November 11, 12:15 p.m.
Rio Del Sol STEAM School, Oxnard, California
This 900-student, K-8 campus serves a diverse local community largely comprised of an underserved migrant population. Designed by A4E (Architecture for Education), the building combines the latest thinking in pedagogy with the right balance of creativity and function. It features a highly engaging and interconnected physical environment that includes 21st-century classrooms connected through folding glazed doors. They open up to private patios and to indoor or outdoor Maker Spaces.
November 12, 12:15 p.m.
Canyon View High School, Waddell, Arizona
Among the many exciting features of this new school is its “Agora” that includes outdoor project rooms, a learning stair, student dining, and an athletic training corridor. It spans the entire length of the campus, and is designed to be passively conditioned through green walls covered with plants. Designed by DLR group, and one of five high schools serving the district, Canyon View is home to a first-of-its-kind teaching and learning Accelerator. Faculty from around the district and beyond use it to develop and practice modern pedagogies. Visiting speakers share knowledge, and students and community come together there to partner and explore.
Jefferson Early Childhood Center, Wheaton, Illinois
The 59,000-square-foot center inspires curiosity and discovery for early learners; two-thirds of whom have special needs or disabilities. It offers collaborative classrooms and dedicated indoor/outdoor therapy spaces, as well as a community welcome center and resource room for parent training. Designed by Legat Architects, its playful patterns, sensory havens and integrated therapy support early learners at all development stages.
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