Allendale Middle School
The new Allendale Middle School is the most recent development of the District’s 160-acre Pierce Street Campus. The design of this new facility responds to its agrarian context while incorporating the surrounding natural wetlands. The building’s footprint is well positioned to optimize solar exposure. Key elements of the design include separation of the bus loop from visitor drop-off and secure entry vestibules. A pedestrian footbridge spans the wetlands and links the main entrance to the visitor parking. Interior finishes are inspired by regional ecological conditions – forested wetlands, coastal dunes and native prairies – which serve as identifying elements. Continued development of the Jaarsma Outdoor Learning and Research Center reinforces the connection to the site ecology by providing walking paths, an outdoor classroom and pavilions that can be utilized by students, staff and the community. Consistent with the other schools on this campus, sustainable technologies have been incorporated throughout. These features include a geothermal heat pump mechanical system, daylight harvesting, solar shading, radiant floors and vegetated stormwater infiltration swales integrated into parking areas and drives. A vegetated green roof over the administrative offices reduces solar heat gain, while serving as both a learning instrument and a featured design element.