Site-sensitive and sustainable design provide opportunities for learning.
Site-sensitive and sustainable design provides opportunities for learning at this middle school. The campus is integrated into the site’s natural wetland ecology via the Outdoor Learning and Research Center, which includes walking paths, pavilions, and an outdoor classroom. A pedestrian footbridge spans the wetlands and links the main entrance to the visitor parking. Sustainable technologies are everywhere. The building’s position optimizes solar exposure for its daylight harvesting, solar shading, and radiant floors. The school features a vegetated green roof, and vegetated storm water infiltration swales are integrated into parking areas and drives.
Allendale Middle School
Location Allendale, MI
Size 125,000 sq. ft. New Construction
Status Completed 2009
Awards & News Learning By Design 2011 Citation of Excellence
Applications Learning Spaces