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Hamlin Middle School Tour
This project saw Springfield Public Schools and the school board united from the outset under a strong and clear vision. This vision, established during the development of the Education Specifications, remained vital throughout the project and motivated every subsequent design decision. The resulting Hamlin Middle School is a treasure for the City of Springfield—prized by the school district and the community alike—and reflects the legacy of its thriving mill and logging industries. The highly-visible structure has garnered a sense of pride, inspiring immediate and profound respect for the facility by students and faculty.
A concept crucial even at early design conversations, the District’s Design Team advocated for the STEAM Curriculum to be a driving force in the layout of the school. This intention is evident in the final product, namely in the placement of maker spaces within each of the three classroom wings, and the STEAM Lab located in the Electives wing. Collaboration and small group meeting rooms are situated around campus so students can team on project-based learning opportunities.
Location: Hamlin Middle School, 326 Centennial Blvd, Springfield, OR 97477
Date: March 19, 2019
Time: 2:30 pm
Architect: BBT Architects
About The Association for Learning Environments
The Association for Learning Environments is a professional 501 (c)(3) non-profit association whose sole mission is improving the places where children learn.
The Association for Learning Environments believes that:
- Facilities impact the learning, development and behavior of the facility user;
- The planning process is essential for quality facilities;
- Sharing and networking improves the planning process; and
- There is a standard by which to measure.
The Association for Learning Environments was first established in 1921 as the National Council on Schoolhouse Construction (NCSC) then becoming Council of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI) in 1971. It took its current name in 2015.
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