R2 EL Wright Middle School & Center for Knowledge

Richland School District Two

Completion Date

Project Budget
$50 Million

This new, modern complex is located on the original site of the aged E.L. Wright Middle School and Center for Knowledge. Despite the challenges of building on an occupied site, the 170,000 square foot design creates a more unified and compact campus, incorporating 21st century learning characteristics and a significant increase in quality green space. The building is comprised of three 3-story academic wings linked by a main circulation spine connecting the academic wings to the arts, gymnasium, library, dining, and administrative spaces. The massing of the academic wings is a collection of simple, “slipping bars” that break down the larger scale of the school. Secure outdoor courtyards and organic playscapes are created by the spaces between each of the academic wings, offering opportunities for outdoor learning. The Center for Knowledge (CFK) anchors the southern end of the building. It is distinguished from the middle school as serving elementary aged children through the use of bold color and large, picture windows in each classroom. The project is designed in collaboration with Perkins + Will K-12 studio.