TWALITY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Part of a complex, phased project for two schools located on the same gently sloping campus, the new Twality Middle School is an addition and remodel of an existing facility that dates back to the 1950s. IBI Group (then DOWA) had carried out earlier remodel and renovation work many years ago. The team continued to work with the district on long-range planning, facility assessments, and other strategic efforts resulting in a successful bond measure that funded this and other replacement and modernization projects.
Program and conceptual plan development for the middle school were concurrent with that of Templeton Elementary School. After that first phase of planning, focus groups broke into smaller design committees to concentrate on the individual needs of each zone of the project.
The new middle school was designed for 1000-students, grades 6-8. Carefully coordinated sequencing of design and construction called for design development of the new Twality to begin in March 2018. The new spaces provide for both broad-based and specialized instruction: 30 general education classrooms; six science classrooms; band, choir, orchestra, drama, and art classrooms; and makerspace, STEM, and technology classrooms. A large double-height library connects the three story classroom wing with administration and cafeteria.