From Muskogee Phoenix
Alice Robertson Junior High: Empowering today’s youth with tomorrow’s technology.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
With the recent groundbreaking of Alice Robertson Junior High’s Math & Science Center, the school district embarks in a dynamic, new direction, thanks to the 2013 MPS Bond Issue. The 20,000 sq. ft. building will not only house new classrooms and labs for students, but also includes geo-thermal heating and cooling from earthwells, a solar panel system and a wind turbine.
And instead of hiding equipment in mechanical closets, the designers put windows into the pump and electric battery rooms with color coding and singage to explain the earth sciences at work. Flat screen monitors nearby will explain for students and visitors at any time the sustainable resources that heat, cool and light the building with real-time information. The new science labs are grouped with classrooms so that the walls can open for group projects. The classroom spaces border central gathering spaces that allow projects, displays and presentations. The contemporary building symbolizes the future while respecting the past in the use of brick and exterior colors from the campus.
The interior spaces expose the building structure and systems in a colorful and imaginative way. Science graphics and natural lighting from large clear-story windows compliment the building and porches on each end will act as outdoor classrooms. The $3,800,000 building will be completed in early 2015.
Renaissance Architects + Engineers designed the building and Oakridge Builders is in the construction firm on the project. For more information on this and other MPS Bond Issue projects underway, visit www.mpsi20.org.
Posted on Thu, January 30, 2014
by Scott Oglesby