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  Mariner Middle School, Page 40Mariner Middle School
715 N. Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

110 South Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801

Milton, Delaware
Total Square Feet: 64,000
Construction Period: Mar 2002 to Aug 2003 

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: O'Donnell, Naccarato & MacIntosh - 300 Delaware Avenue, #820, Wilmington, DE 19801
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Furlow Associates - 1206 Society Drive, Claymont, DE 19703
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. - P.O. Box 809, Milford, DE 19963
COST ESTIMATOR: EDiS Company - 110 South Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801

Cape Henlopen's Mariner Middle School was site-adapted with the same program and exterior as Beacon Middle School, also part of the Cape Henlopen School District. The project was completed on time and under budget. BSA+A's design team worked closely with district officials to develop a design that could be site-adapted for the two schools. The overall floor plan is identical, however the buildings are oriented to meet the unique site characteristics.

The gymnasium, cafeteria, administration, and media center are designed for the maximum enrollment of 700 students. The classrooms meet current capacity of 500 students with expansion capabilities. The program includes a gymnatorium, a full-service cafeteria, media center, vocational classrooms, science labs, and computer labs.

The use of wireless technology was incorporated into the building. The design concept is based on "pods". These grouped classrooms are designed to separate common areas from more restricted areas, allowing access to high traffic spaces such as the gymnasium, cafeteria, and auditorium while restricting use of classroom and administrative areas beyond normal hours of operation.

Other technology includes Smart- Boards©; phone systems using a computer attendant that allow direct access to teacher voicemails; and state-of-the-art wireless media broadcasting systems permitting transmission of video throughout the entire school.

After the completion of the school, Cape Henlopen School District retained BSA+A again to design the additional classroom space to support the Sussex Consortium program. The program mainstreams less severe children into appropriate age groups and starts to prepare them for dealing with everyday life such as apartment living.

The design includes 2,000-square-foot additions onto each of the three wings for a total of 6,000 square feet. The classroom, dividable into two areas with a toilet room, serves as a "teaching apartment" with a living area, dining area, kitchen, laundry and bathroom. The second classroom is also dividable into two areas with a toilet room, an observation room, office area (four cubes) and a conference room that is dividable into two rooms. The third area has two classrooms, also dividable with separate toilet rooms.

The Consortium program includes the Sussex County site for the Delaware Autism Program, the Consortium's Intensive Learning Centers, the Cape Henlopen Career Opportunities Program (CHCOPS), the Little Angels Pre-School, and the Consortium's Hearing Impaired Program.

DIV 08:
Double Hung Windows: Traco; Aluminum Entrances: EFCO Corporation.
DIV 09: Carpet: Mohawk; VCT: AZROCK.

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