Learning By Design Outstanding Project: Fort Morgan Middle School

An inclusive design process ensured strong community support, anchoring it in the values and culture of this northeastern Colorado community

The new Fort Morgan Middle School replaced and aging 1925 building, providing a fresh layout and new approach to serve the needs of a growing student population while supporting the school's academics and LEED Gold facility goals.

 

An inclusive design process ensured strong community support, anchoring it in the values and culture of this northeastern Colorado community.

 

The U-shaped building consist of an academic wing to the west and a shared community-use wing to the east, connect by the main entry and administrative offices along the south. Academic spaces are organized into three two-story pods, one per grade level, along with six shared, multilevel elective classrooms. Each level within a pod is the home of a team of 130 students and 5 teachers, each with their own identity within the school. The team learning areas, elective classrooms and locker circulation areas all enjoy large view windows and clerestories for natural day-lighting. 

 

The layout encloses an outdoor learning courtyard that encourages physical movement throughout the day. and all pods have an outdoor learning patio a well. Students can be found in the courtyard thought the day playing impromptu games, socializing and walking along the many landscaped paths.

 

Read the full article in Learning By Design here.

 

*Project in partnership with Larson Incitti Architects

Author:

Job Gutierrez

Principle | AIA

Author:

Aimee LaLone

Associate | AIA

Author:

Josh Grenier

Educational Planner | AIA