Nicholas J. Begich Middle School
A 174,000 SF, award-winning middle school with 40 core academic spaces arranged in eight "houses." Each house contains space for science, language arts, math, social studies, special education and a planning center. Other classrooms include world languages, intensive needs, visual arts, performing arts, health, business education, family and consumer sciences, and technology. The school includes a library, gymnasium, indoor track, multipurpose room, kitchen, and admin / guidance / student services areas. Exterior site recreational facilities include a hockey rink, tennis courts, and fields for football, soccer, and softball.
Access to southern light and desirable mountain views was a guiding organizational principle that led designers to orient core academic classrooms to the south. The components most often used by the community (gym, multipurpose room) are to the north and main entries, library and administrative spaces are centrally located.
Begich Middle School was honored with 2008 Len Mackler Award from Council of Educational Facility Planners International Alaska Chapter (award given to the single most outstanding project)