Projects Architecture

Renovation and Addition John Young Middle School

Mishawaka, Indiana

DLZ provided the engineering and architectural services for the renovation and addition to the John Young Middle School. The primary focus of the building construction was to meet the needs of the students, instructors, and curriculum requirements by unifying the new construction with the existing facility.  The primary building entry evokes spatial interest through natural light, structure, and volume.  The multipurpose room and technology center are positioned directly adjacent to the primary entry and include provisions for community use when the school is not in session.  John Young Middle School was designed as a direct response to the school’s curriculum, which relies heavily on the use of shared technology

The school’s curriculum is based on the current team teaching concept, in which smaller selected teaching teams interact in common elective instructions and activities.  In addition to creating a design which enhances and reinforces the general educational curriculum, specific rooms and areas were incorporated into the project to meet not only the school’s needs, but also to foster community interaction.  A large group instruction room, reception areas, and computer rooms were strategically located to function within the school, yet enable community use during nonschool hours.

AWARDS/RECOGNITION  Michiana Area Construction Industry Advancement Fund – 1999 Excellence in Construction Award;  American School & University – 2000 Architectural Portfolio – Educational Design Excellence – Citation Winner for Outstanding Project and Featured on Cover of “School Security”; School Construction News and Design Share Awards 2000 – Recognized Value Award.