For many students, going back to school after a sensational
summer is a drag. But the 1,000 students at the Robert C. Cooley
Middle School, Roseville, Calif., may have begun the 2000-01 school
year with a different outlook because they had something to be
excited about—a new campus.
Robert C. Cooley Middle School's 110,000-square-foot
(9900-m²) campus, which features 13 buildings, was designed to
reflect Roseville's history of being the largest railroad switching
station in the West. When designing the campus, architects at Deems
Lewis McKinley, San Francisco, wanted to incorporate the railroad
station look and enhance the typical, mundane middle-school design.
To do this, architects consulted a 20-person education committee
consisting of faculty to ensure the school's layout met the
faculty's needs. Teachers were asked to preplan their curricula and
consider how curricula could be incorporated into the design.
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