McCall Middle School
The middle school was built in the early 70s and both the interior and exterior of the building had significant features of the era. Very little new area was constructed, however, some very significant changes were made during renovations including the doubling in size of the cafeteria as a "commons" space and the inclusion of a stage for alternative use of this space as an auditorium to seat 700 people.
In many areas, we "reinterpreted" the 70s design tendencies toward large, monolithic but textured surfaces out of natural materials, linear proportions for modular materials (such as tile, slate & stone), creative use of natural materials for surface finishes and warm earthtone colors with sparks of cooler accents.
Most notably, the largest area of new construction was encapsulated completely within the existing footprint of the school. An outdoor courtyard, little used, was covered and converted into a library. The roof structure (completely independent of adjacent structure) is supported by columns designed as almost-literal tree forms, with no two columns exactly alike. The remaining interior design of this space followed the theme, creating an oversized, abstracted "garden".
The library is designed to be "Zero-Energy" (providing energy equivalent to its demand) through photovoltaic solar arrays. The library's energy consumption is minimal, largely due to the use of the building's new geothermal heating & cooling system.
This is one of our many K-12 facilities seeking a green rating, in this case, "Green Globes" which is similar in requirements to the currently more prevalent "LEED" system. In addition to its energy production and reduced consumption, the building's interior finishes also incorporate significant amounts of recycled and environmentally friendly products. Of special note is the glass tile in the washup areas, made of recycled glass and pressed into tile form in a former glass marble factory. Remember marbles?