- Prescott South Elementary and Middle is a 290,000 sq ft facility designed to house independent elementary and middle schools under one roof with shared core functions. The solution sought to identify elements of redundancy where cost savings could be had if eliminated, such as the kitchen and media-center support spaces. It also sought to identify areas where the individual school programs could be enhanced through a merger, these would include spaces like the auditorium, art classrooms, and music classrooms that were not in each program.
The need for each school to maintain an independent identity coupled with the desire to create a unified design across the campus lead to the use of complimentary colors to represent the identity of the individual schools. Against a unified neutral palate these colors became an wayfinding and orientation device.
The massing was conceptualized as 5 monolithic parallel program bars threaded together through the addition of a central spine.
Prescott South Elementary and MIddle School was a redesign of [New South] Elementary and Middle School.
Lead Project Designer at CDP.
Photography Credit: Christopher Melander.