Alfonza W. Davis Middle School8050 N. 129th Avenue
Omaha, NE 68142
Design Achievement - Growth in the northwest corner of the Omaha Public School District created a need for the new Alfonza Davis Middle School. DLR Group's design embraces the sloped site and creates a three-story school that shares connections to the outdoors from each level. The three-story design minimizes the building envelope and the north/south window orientation of the classrooms maximizes daylighting. From the first floor students can access an outdoor plaza that also serves as a staging area for concerts or performances. The second floor opens to a courtyard where students can socialize and enjoy the outdoors. The third floor has access to a green roof deck, giving students the ability to research and study environmental benefits of a green roof.
Scope Summary - The new 183,000 SF middle school serves 1,000 students in grades 6-8. Security is a priority and functions naturally in the design. The site allows different points of entry to manage the flow of students and to increase the safety and security of the overall site. The bus passengers enter the lower level on the north side while other students enter the first level on the south side. The building is certified LEED Silver, with accomplishments including optimization of energy performance, recycling, efficient use of water, and environmental awareness, as well as an outdoor classroom, green roofs, rain gardens, and storm water quality basins. DLR Group provided planning, architecture, interiors, engineering, and building optimization services.