As part of the Measure Q bond program, BCA Architects is designing new gymnasium/multipurpose buildings and STEM academies at the District’s two intermediate campuses— Ethel R. Dwyer Middle School and Isaac L. Sowers Middle School. STEM and CTE programs are integral to 21st Century middle school curriculum and there is no space to house them at the campuses currently, thus the facilities are being designed and built as part of the Phase 1 project implementation.
The gymnasium/multi-purpose buildings consist of a main basketball court with four practice courts that can also be used for volleyball. The courts are complemented with a stage centered on the axis of the courts to allow maximum visibility.
The STEM facilities consist of three main spaces, including a fabrication lab, technology lab and student presentation/lecture spaces. Each area within the STEM labs contains adaptable furniture to allow for flexible teaching environments, a variety of different activities and individualized learning modalities to support several instructional approaches.
At Dwyer Middle School, the entrance to the new buildings is positioned in a lowered plaza that serves as an inviting approach for students and spectators. The plaza has multiple entry points and contains various seat wall planters to allow for learning, socialize and interaction to happen beyond the classroom walls.