After Master Planning the school, FNI set out to redo the Middle school building. The
theme of the renovation was “Forging New Connections” which refers to bettering
connections between inside and outside, and the spaces inside the building to each
"As a result of our academic programs
and our continual focus on the individual
experience of each student,
Mid-Pacific alumni enter college
as academics and artists,
philosophers and practitioners."
- Paul Turnbull, Ph.D., President
Connections between teaching and learning were also emphasized; encouraging
team teaching and collaborative learning opportunities through special design
was a further extension of the theme.
Eliminating corridors allows for more learning space. By linking spaces with a
commons instead, even this relatively small building can flow without one
inch being wasted.
Students gather at this small media center in the commons.
A long white board wall makes the exchange of ideas spontaneous and fun.
Note how a garage style door can connect two learning spaces for team teaching.
“Technology Everywhere” was a strong desire by both teachers and students. Here are
many ways it’s incorporated here, with wifi even available outdoors in this very
This view of the commons shows how natural light fills the spaces.
Both high and low furniture create areas that draw students together to collaborate.
Three kinds of cooling techniques are shown here; giving the building a variety
of natural cooling methods saves energy.
Here are some more specific strategies for energy savings and ventilation.