Ben Steele Middle School

Transforming education through innovative learning spaces.

Ben Steele Middle School’s blueprint revolves around the central commons area, which houses learning environments, administration, the library, and student support spaces. A hub of activity at the heart of the school, this centrally-located space also serves as a lobby for after-hours use of the gymnasium and music wing. The design team emphasized the importance of gathering by creating a variety of breakout spaces, both inside and outdoors. In the commons, the library overlooks the entry plaza and provides a visual anchor for the site. Incorporating level changes defined smaller sub-sections throughout the interior while allowing for unimpeded supervision. These designated areas are perfect for formal and informal small-group learning and presentations.

Prior to design development, A&E Design provided pre-bond planning services, which led to a successful bond election. These services included giving presentations to the community, developing informational materials, and hosting workshops with various stakeholders.

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