|As a ‘school within a school’ placed on an existing high school campus, eSTEM Academy must meet the needs of both growing student capacity, and the specialized nature of its Health-Medical and Engineering-Design pathways. The 3-acre site is squeezed between residences, athletic facilities and the primary campus. The multi-story courtyard design seeks to create a strong sense of identity while fostering an inclusive environment where all students feel welcome.
A building for STEM education should be a teaching tool in and of itself. The architecture responds appropriately to sun, wind, and surrounding context; the building systems are exposed and celebrated; and the site clearly and elegantly demonstrates its response to storm water treatment is service that must be paid to the bright minds being educated within. At eSTEM Academy thoughtful design allows learning to occur everywhere.