Central Middle School
Square Footage: 171,000
Central Middle School is a replacement for the 100-year old school located on the same site in Columbus' architecturally significant downtown district. Designed to serve 900 students in grades 7 and 8, the school demonstrates the district’s commitment to a middle school educational model.
The building is planned for flexibility to easily accommodate future growth and educational changes. Zoned into two components, the school maintains an academic zone and a public zone. In the public zone, the Commons acts as the cafeteria and the multi-functional cultural hub of the school. In the academic zone, the spaces are grouped together to support the middle school team methodology and are also flexible to allow for future models. Subdividing the school into team areas also breaks down the scale of the building, which creates a supportive environment for middle school students.
From the beginning, our designers, in association with CSO Architects, worked closely with engineering and landscape consultants to ensure an optimal structural and educational environment. Small details, such as the incorporation of historic signage and façade elements, help this new school blend into its storied community.