The new Sowers Middle School comprises the full replacement of the existing campus to accommodate a complete transformation into a next generation learning environment. The original campus, built in the early 1970’s, was designed as “pods” to facilitate the open classroom concepts taught at that time. The site suffers from liquefaction and the cost is significant to seismically enhance the soil conditions while the site is occupied, requiring horizontal drilling.
The design incorporates all of the hallmarks of next generation learning, including “hub” type circulation, a student union and multi-front, adaptable classrooms, with a safe and secure central quad. The spaces utilize extensive natural light and feature operable elements to blur the outside and in, taking advantage of the splendid weather in Huntington Beach.
The student union serves as a social center for student life with a variety of collaborative seating, areas to present and a food service element. The roll-up doors enable direct access to outdoor seating and the space features a variety of technology and power for connection to wireless devices.