Johnson Middle School
The Westminster School District has embraced a philosophy of healthy and nurturing learning environments. Buildings are informed by the location of the sun and are oriented to maximize opportunities for daylighting and the reduction of heat gain. They are designed to meet Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Schools. The Johnson Middle school renovation takes this philosophy to the next level, creating a total transformation of an existing multipurpose room, adding an additional 50,000 feet of new construction. The old MPR was transformed into an Innovation Center, a new multipurpose room, a gymnasium and Exploration center. The renovation blurs the lines between Technology, Art, Science and Shop with new highly-configurable, highly-flexible spaces that offer personalized hands-on environments for students. A unique facility was envisioned with flexible lab spaces that can support small, medium and large-sized groups, integrate current and future technologies, and allow spaces to be adjusted into individual or larger classrooms. The Exploration Center is completely transparent on the ground level, with large overhead garage doors that open into exterior courtyards, allowing classrooms to extend outdoors. Students see activities taking place inside the labs, fostering a sense of learning and curiosity.
(Green Technology, 2015)