Ontario School District
Ontario Middle School Addition
The program for the Ontario Middle School addition called for academic classroom space for 7th and 8th grade students and complete administrative offices. Non-academic and specialty classes as well as 6th grade classrooms and all extracurricular spaces were to remain in existing buildings on the middle school campus. The overarching challenge was to design and site the new facility such that it helped start to achieve the long-term goal of unifying the fragmented campus. Prior to this project, the Middle School campus consisted of six separate buildings with no shared entries, separated through the center of campus by a City street that was recently (but not permanently) allowed to be closed during school hours. After extensive site studies and administrative and public feedback, the chosen solution was to pursue closing the city street permanently, and to activate the center of the campus with the new 2 story, 40,000 sf. facility connecting directly to the newest of the six existing structures. As a result, two of the existing structures were able to be abandoned and removed. The secondary goal of providing as much separation between the younger 6th grade students and the 7th and 8th grade students was achieved through targeted programming of spaces to be included in the new facility, and careful planning of circulation routes to minimize mixing of the younger students with the older between classes.