Unveiling High Tech Middle North County

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High Tech Middle North County; Photo © Jim Brady Architectural Photography

Studio E Architects is proud to officially unveil High Tech Middle North County – the most recent addition to our growing family of charter schools for High Tech High with Bycor General Contractors. Located on the San Marcos Campus, the school broke ground in December of 2011, topped out the following March, and opened its doors to students in September – a total construction period of just nine months.

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High Tech San Marcos Campus Site Plan

Designed to be complementary to its neighbor, High Tech High North County, the two-story building employs the same tan-hued, rough-hewn concrete masonry walls and metal-clad, awning-covered corner and bay windows as its elder sibling. A bright blue corrugated tower announces the school’s entry and animates the grand stair within.

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Lobby & grand stair;  Photo © Jim Brady Architectural Photography

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Typical classroom; Photo © Jim Brady Architectural Photography

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Classroom opens onto shared-use lunch court; Photo © Jim Brady Architectural Photography

In addition to distinctive classroom and administrative spaces, the school’s 27,000 total square feet also includes a Commons – a multipurpose space that functions as the social heart of the school – which opens directly onto the campus recreation area beneath the shelter of a “floating” standing seam metal roof. The project also includes a tensile awning shaded lunch court that is intended for shared use, a basketball court and an artificial turf activity area.

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Commons, with campus recreation area beyond; Photo © Jim Brady Architectural Photography

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Shared-use lunch court with tensile awnings; Photo © Jim Brady Architectural Photography

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Detail of tensile awnings over shared-use lunch area; Photo © Jim Brady Architectural Photography

Sharing the same environmentally-friendly pedigree as its predecessors, High Tech Middle North County is slated to receive a LEED Platinum rating from the USGBC. Construction was completed for a total of $5.6 million, or $207 per square foot.

As if this news weren’t enough cause for celebration, Studio E is now commencing work on High Tech Elementary North County – slated to open in autumn of 2014. Stay tuned to this space for updates!

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