White Cliffs Middle School3550 Prospector St
Kingman, AZ 86401
Design Achievement - Kingman Unified School District aspired to deliver White Cliffs Middle School to meet the changing needs of middle school students, complete with technology and collaborative learning areas. DLR Group's design features a contemporary flare and draws upon the community's roots as a stop along Route 66. Classroom wings are flexible to accommodate a variety of educational delivery methods. All classrooms benefit from natural daylight. The building is zoned to separate the active and sometimes noisy education spaces (physical education, performing arts, dining) from the quieter academic spaces of classrooms and media center. The media center exterior geometry and materials take cues from classic automobile design using slick curved surfaces, two-tone paint schemes and shiny metal accents. Circular walls defy traditional convention by eliminating corners to communicate the idea of thinking outside the box.
Scope Summary - The 87,000 SF school supports an easy transition of learning from adolescence to adulthood for 1,000 students in grades 6-8. The design expresses three important considerations for middle school students: academics, socialization and community connections. Abundant windows give students incredible views to the mountainous horizon and surrounding landscape. A courtyard provides outdoor learning opportunities, and gives students a safe place to socialize and dine. DLR Group provided architecture, engineering, interiors, and landscape architecture services.