Mountain Creek Middle School
Jordan School District South Jordan, UT
2020 Outstanding Project Award | Learning by Design
Mountain Creek Middle School was designed to be integrated into the Daybreak planned community as part of a shared campus site with an elementary school. The site incorporates large areas of playfield, baseball backstops and community jogging paths. Special design consideration was made to make the school feel welcoming and inviting from all sides. The school has an auditorium entrance as well as a gymnasium entrance allowing different utilizations based on the school or community needs.
Jordan School District’s key focus is on creating successful learning environments that can accommodate their rapidly increasing student population. Special focus was given to create an efficient design that would create learning suites with naturally day lit classrooms and small break out collaboration spaces that could be visible from the classrooms.
The central commons area is used for lunch as well as student interaction before and after school. It ties directly with the media center from a grand staircase in the center. This central learning core of the building provides flexible learning spaces and opportunities for learning to be on display. This space also ties to an exterior courtyard that is organized around a series of concrete benches which provide accommodations for exterior learning or physical activities during the day.
The gymnasium is naturally lit through an array of skylights and is equipped with an indoor running track that provides year round activities during the winter months. The auditorium provides an important amenity to the community and the school, giving the music and drama students opportunities to perform in a professional environment.