Broken Arrow Public Schools Freshman Fine Arts Academy
Broken Arrow Public School’s Freshman Fine Arts Academy (formerly South Intermediate High School) was a featured project from the district’s 2009 Bond Program. The $9.2M project includes additional core instructional fine arts spaces as well as performing arts spaces including a multi-functional Black Box Theater, a large Band Hall to accommodate 140 students as well as Orchestra and Choir performance spaces. A separate academic wing provides new state-of-the-art science labs and distributed administration and faculty support spaces to socially connect students with teachers. An Outdoor Visual Arts Courtyard is positioned to allow north indirect daylight into public pre-function areas for Performing Arts and Athletic functions while deep roof overhangs to block the western and southern sun.
This integrated outdoor gathering space can be used for impromptu outdoor theatrical plays, a pre-function space for athletic events and as a space for outdoor art projects. The building materials used complement the existing architecture with the use of brick masonry, light colored exterior plaster and dark bronze window mullions. Oklahoma limestone was used as a modernizing base material in combination with a deep metal fascia roof element providing clarity to the main performing arts entry while proving solar protection from indoor to outdoor space. Artistic and musical expression influence the craft of form and transparency while the layering of space, outdoor to indoor and protected to open, promotes a hierarchy of arrival and gathering while visually facilitating a blended approach to community and education.
Completed while at Perkins+Will, Patrick Glenn served as the Managing Principal, Educational Programmer and Educational Planner working on all stages of schematic design through construction.