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Cooley Middle School & Sossaman Middle School each house a total of 138,000 s.f. of educational indoor space for 1,200 7-8 grade students per campus and two independent revenue generating 400-student Early Childhood Development Centers for 3, 4, and 5 year olds.
The main structure is a two-story design with the middle school housed on the second floor with a connecting student activity bridge. The theory was to isolate the middle school classrooms on the second floor thus enabling the early childhood classrooms to inhabit the entire first floor while still allowing access to secured play areas both indoors and outdoors.
Each 25 acre site hosts high school level athletic facilities that service fully illuminated baseball, softball,
soccer and football fields. The design and construction team were under a fast-track schedule (14 months total) to meet the school district’s financial and hyper growth needs.
The creation of a joint venture with Students First and Buckeye Elementary School District provided funding for a portion of the current Bus Barn facility to be transformed into modern office spaces for the administration, staff parents, and students to address their goals to create results.
Each office space will be completely renovated to include new finish materials, electrical systems, special system connections for smart technology, ADA accessibility, mechanical distribution, and space programming, design, and construction administration in collaboration with the School District and Students First. Created as-builts, conducted existing facility and systems assessments, budget development, programming, space planning, construction documents, and construction administration services.
Hunt & Caraway Architects worked together with Buckeye Elementary School District starting in 2001 with the renovation and redesigned classrooms. Continuing in 2008 and into 2011, Hunt & Caraway reconstructed the campus in six phases, during which time the campus remained occupied throughout the construction process. As part of the redesign, each classroom and administration space was evaluated and redesigned for the current needs of the school staff.
The Buckeye Elementary Lower Campus was then repurposed to accommodate a revenue-generating preschool that would increase current enrollment by a factor of three. As part of the campus evaluation and master plan, 6th street, which bisected the campus, was officially abandoned as a City street. The new space provided expanded recreation for students as well as increased campus security and safety by eliminating the 1,800 student crossings of 6th Street each day.