Future Public School strives to prepare students by using a STEM and future-focused teaching model. erstad ARCHITECTS teamed up with the school to provide an innovative building and flexible learning spaces that would nourish such a vision. Given the tight site parameters, the first and most logical strategy was to build up. The 3 story building includes 18 generously sized classrooms built to maximize creative use of the space, as well as a computer lab and a handful of flex rooms, student collaboration rooms, and break out spaces. A key to the project’s success relies on the community partnership with the adjacent Boys & Girls Club and a city park, which provides the school with access to the additional functions needed to operate with such a limited building footprint.
Outside, innovative material use and a playful front entry showcase the school’s inventive approach to education. Inside, the theme continues with energizing color use in the classrooms and on core elements throughout the building.
Idaho Smart Growth 2020