Lafayette School Corporation has a major initiative to support the Performing Arts at all their schools. Accordingly, this new addition features a much-improved facility, including classroom wing and practice rooms for Choir, Orchestra, and Band, for the Tecumseh Junior High students. These new teaching facilities feature large expanses of glazing to bathe the rehearsal rooms in natural light. These rooms are designed as large volume spaces, in which the teacher can vary the acoustical performance of each individual room as desired. This addition also includes acoustically designed practice rooms for individuals and small groups to hone their skills. The existing kitchen and cafeteria are extensively enlarged and remodeled, with large restrooms added near the main gymnasium and remodeled areas. Existing classroom wings are lightly remodeled and repurposed to reflect changes in the curriculum.
Another important Lafayette School Corporation initiative is to include Special Education classrooms in the mainstream academic areas of each school. Our design reflects this directive of the Board of Education, and unites the Special Ed classrooms on a central corridor system in the main academic wing. The new Special Ed classrooms feature natural light from large expanses of glazing, as well as independent and individual exits that open directly to the exterior, onto a large Outdoor Classroom specifically designed for their use. The exterior doors also allow these students, which can take more time than other students, to quickly and directly access their busses for transportation to and from the school. The Special Education classrooms include a teaching kitchen, restrooms, and showers, and dedicated washer and dryer. These large classrooms improve the square footage per student ratio for Special Ed.
Cordogan Clark / Keystone Architecture provided facility assessment, programming, and design of new, renovated, and re-purposed spaces throughout the junior high school to transform the aging facility into a modern learning environment. The design incorporates input from a series of interviews the design team conducted with the administration and staff. The addition and renovations to the school, which greatly improve overall educational experience of the students, are projected to be completed at the end of summer 2018.