Hastings Middle School

Hastings Middle School

The new Hastings Middle School is one of the most flexible and economically built schools in Nebraska.

Built for $115 per square foot, it features a new "cafecommatorium" which is a flexible space that can serve as commons area, a cafeteria and auditorium. Classrooms are arranged in pods for each grade. Each pod contains core classes for the respective grade level. The pods are located strategically in relation to the fine arts and athletic areas to enhance access and minimize noise in the classrooms.

The site is organized to promote efficient and safe pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow as well as separate entrances for each grade. To meet a strict schedule and budget, we developed an innovative method to produce pre-cast concrete panels for the building shell. These panels provide a high-quality appearance, but also contributed to the speed and cost effectiveness of construction.