Assembly hall / Gymnasium
Official basketball court dimensions can be used for the layout. The gym must have storage areas for the chairs, a stage with a curtain which would only be used for performances or could also be used as Music and Eurythmy practice spaces. There will be some way to darken the space.
Facilities needed for: Softball, baseball, football, volleyball. Other sporting events would use facilities at another site. Large open spaces are needed for field games. Currently, the lower school uses the Red Field, which is at the bottom of the site and also functions as overflow parking. It is smaller, though, than what an upper school would need.
Outdoor playing field may use grass, although this is expensive in such a dry climate, and requires much maintenance. The school would not be interested in alternative (synthetic) materials for the surface, not only because it will also function as a play area for the schools when it is not in use for classes, many professional facilities are now removing the substitute turfs because it tends to injure people using it. Must allow for supervision of children by the teachers. Grading must be considered for drainage. [more...]
Locker Rooms and Showers
These must put up with short bursts of very hard wear and must be near the Gymnasium, and have sufficient lockers, showers and stalls for 15 students of each gender. Particular concern should be paid to traffic flow, realities of dressing clearances, supervision, lockers.
The classrooms need to have a large sink and counters around for preparation of art materials, bookshelves, and wall space to attach artwork. A classroom storage closet is needed for the teacher, as well as one for miscellaneous materials. Space is needed at the front for the teachers desk as well as for setting up audiovisual materials if needed. It should be possible to darken the room to show slides. Space either inside or outside the room must be provided for student lockers/cubbies/coatrack.
The minimum amount of chalk board is about 16 feet; significantly more (to 32 feet) is recommended. There should be electrical outlets on all walls. Doors should have some way for people to see in, such as a vision panel, of wired glass for safety. Ceilings should be acoustically treated, and additional measures to control noise should be considered.
Chemistry, Physics and Biology Laboratory
Activities will include lectures, demonstrations, viewing projected materials, individual and group work. Attention should be paid to the ability to darken the room. For physics experiments, the ability to hang things from the ceiling is needed. There must be an adjacent preparation