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OAKRIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

This new middle school divides students into grade-level academic “houses” to create smaller-scale learning environments. Each house includes 10 general classrooms, 3 science labs, and a computer lab. Core facilities such as a 1,200-seat gymnasium, an auxiliary gym, a dining area, and a multipurpose room with stage, are shared by all grade levels. The media center is located at the heart of the school.

Key design elements include abundant natural light throughout the school and a large central skylit spine dividing the more public assembly spaces from the quieter classroom areas. Site amenities include a football field, PE/practice field, as well as fields for baseball and softball.

Location: Clover, SC

Size: 175,000 SF

Photographer: Warren Lieb