Whittier Middle School Renovations
Whittier Middle School is part of the Norman Public School System. This project was an extensive renovation of existing buildings. Some of the design related issues included a lack of space for community involvement, open classrooms, basic repairs, improving way-finding, and improving counseling. By bringing theater to the renovated gymnasium, Integrated Architecture was able to give the school something it really needed: a venue for the parents. Until this renovation parents would use off-site locations for school functions and events. For the classrooms, Integrated Architecture built storefront walls that added color, and could house differing panels, such as marker boards and windows. This design allowed light in from the outside, and still gave the open feeling the school had before the renovation, but with much needed sound isolation and reduced distractions. Integrated Architecture used floor finishes and cloud panels in the ceiling to help with way finding. Corridors were divided into two "sides" to help ease the congestion between classes. Lastly, Integrated Architecture added counseling areas for the children based on much needed updated programming. This project is an example of design creativity in providing more welcoming spaces with introduction of natural light while segmenting an open plan into more private-style classrooms.