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  Fountain Hills Middle School, Page 44Fountain Hills Middle School
Architect 
The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership
1130 N. Second Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.owp.com


Location: 
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Total Square Feet: 123,000
Construction Period: May 2001 to June 2002 

Construction Team
General Contractor: Smith Woods Contracting - 7661 E. Gray Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Structural Engineer: Caruso Turley Scott - 2702 N. 44th Street, #200, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Electrical/Mechanical Engineer: Sullivan Designs, Inc. - 7878 N. 16th Street, #270, Phoenix, AZ 85020
Landscape Architect: Sherman Group, Inc. - 8837 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020
Cost Estimator: Pinnacle One - 1620 W. Fountainhead Parkway, #200, Tempe, AZ 85282


The Fountain Hills Middle School campus is situated on a previously undeveloped desert site adjacent to a residential neighborhood. Special care was taken to maintain as much of the desert landscaping as possible. To this end, only 26 of the 35 acres were disturbed for the project, and much of the existing trees, cacti, and plants were salvaged, maintained, and reused. Because security was of utmost importance to the school district, the three buildings were designed around a small, securable courtyard, with the majority of the circulation happening internally. In order to coexist with it’s residential surroundings, the building masses are broken into smaller components using variations in form, material and color. Window shade canopies, insulated glazing, extended roof overhangs, and an electronic energy management system are a few of the sustainable elements employed.

Community use/partnership was one of the main goals in the design of the school campus. In fact, the school was planned for use by a number of community programs, including the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Parks and Recreation Department, and adult continuing education programs. Spaces designated for public use, including the media center, multi-purpose room and gymnasium all have public entrances close to parking, but separate from school/student access that allow the facilities to be used for community purposes during non-school hours. These spaces all connect to a central courtyard, which can also be used for community programs. Athletic fields are open and accessible to the public, and were in use even before the school officially opened.

Fountain Hills Unified School District had a very specific learning program outlined for the middle school level that led to a highly tailored design response. Spaces were designed to respond to a “team teaching” program, which groups students into two identical teams at each grade level. Each grade level was designed as an individual pod building, with two sets of identical core classrooms located around the perimeter of the pod, and two large “team rooms” located in the center. The team rooms, which contain workspace and computer stations for project based activities, are separated by a moveable wall which when opened, combine the team rooms to accommodate whole grade level assemblies. Each grade level pod plugs into one central core building, which contains the media center, administration, and shared classroom spaces such as Life Management, Language Arts, Special Education, and Computer Sciences. Other shared spaces, such as art classrooms, music classrooms, cafeteria/multi-purpose and gymnasium are housed in two other buildings that connect to a shared courtyard. This design solution offers the segregation of grade levels while offering a sense of community, multiple relationships, and activities to each grade house. 


MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
DIV 07: Foam Roof: Centimark Corporation.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: Southwest Aluminum Systems.
DIV 09: Carpet: Shaw; VCT: Mannington; Gym Floor: Conner Sports Flooring.
DIV 10: Movable Walls: Hufcor.
 


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