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Tecumseh Junior High School in Lafayette

Feb 25, 2021

Tecumseh Junior High School

Design: Keystone / Cordogan Clark

Location: Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America

Tecumseh Junior High School

Every detail matters: Enhanced education for the performing arts and students with special needs

The new 20,000 square foot Tecumseh Junior High School addition and renovations for Performing Arts and Special Education greatly improve and redefine the education experience to make it welcoming, exciting, and fun for all students.

Tecumseh Junior High School

This new addition features a much-improved Performing Arts, including classroom wing and practice rooms for Choir, Orchestra, and Band, for the Tecumseh Junior High students. The new performing arts spaces created more practice rooms, centralized offices, and storage space and also brought natural light into classrooms that previously had none. The relocation of performing arts allowed the existing 200 student cafeteria to be expanded to 500 students, without the expense of relocating the existing kitchen. The existing kitchen and cafeteria are extensively enlarged and remodeled, with large restrooms added near the main gymnasium and remodeled areas.

Tecumseh Junior High School

A highlight of this addition is its mainstreaming of academic areas for students with special needs. Existing special education classrooms lacked a central location that allowed them to share key resources and did not respond to modern educational paradigms for these students. The new addition addresses this. It unites the Special Education classrooms on a central corridor system in the main academic wing. Yet the new Special Ed classrooms can also operate semi-independently, and include a teaching kitchen, restrooms, showers, and dedicated washer and dryer. Abundant natural light from large expanses of glazing, and outdoor views, make them cheerful places to spend time in.

Tecumseh Junior High School

The new Special Education spaces also turned the school’s basement into a strength with the creation of an outdoor classroom space that all classrooms share. Each new classroom has doors that open directly onto an outdoor learning space specifically designed for their use. This provides a much-needed connection to the outdoors. These exterior doors also allow Special Ed students, who can take more time than other students, to access their buses more quickly and directly for transportation to and from the school.

Tecumseh Junior High School

When embarking on this addition, the Lafayette School Corporation was faced with the dilemma of aging facilities and increasing enrollment. The Tecumseh Junior High School Project is part of a 98-million-dollar corporation-wide expansion and upgrade project covering multiple buildings, made necessary due to the combination of aging facilities and increasing enrollment.

Tecumseh Junior High School

Originally constructed in 1957, expanded in 1973 and again in 1994, Tecumseh Junior High School is one of the oldest, as well as one of the most heavily modified schools in the district. We faced the challenge of not only handling a 200-300 student increase in enrollment, but also dealing with aging infrastructure and overtaxed core spaces.

Tecumseh Junior High School

The resulting design clarifies and redefines a school that had received much alteration through the years. It turned constraints into strengths. Spaces vacated by Special Ed and Performing Arts departments were renovated into new classrooms to serve the increased enrollment, and a new cafeteria and servery, double the size of the existing. This design solution brought relief to long-overlooked parts of the school, while keeping new classrooms centrally located. The addition also provided a new face for Tecumseh and incorporates an outdoor classroom space that connects directly to all of the new special education spaces.

Tecumseh Junior High School

Tecumseh Junior High School in Lafayette, IN – Building Information

Architects: Keystone / Cordogan Clark

Project size: 20000 ft2
Site size: 80000 ft2
Completion date: 2019
Building levels: 2

Tecumseh Junior High School

Photography: Mark Ballogg

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Location: Lafayette, IN, Indiana, USA

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