Seward Middle School | Seward, AK
As the culmination of months of collaborative work with Architects Alaska, the Seward Middle School won the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI) 2006 Recognized Value Award for the Best Design to meet the Program Requirements for a Middle School Building. The Pre-Programming and Programming work was done by the team of Klauder & Company Architects and Architects Alaska. Mr. Klauder participated fully in all aspects of this work. Stewart Smith, recently retired from Architects Alaska, was the principal in charge of the project. The unanimously selected preliminary Schematic Design was performed by Mr. Klauder. The principal of the school commented immediately after reviewing the design that he had never before seen a school design where he could effectively supervise all of the public spaces by simply pacing back and forth in the main entry lobby. The main lobby also serves as a performance space with a stage and as the school cafeteria. Mr. Klauder developed the entry of the school based on images he collected from the small boat harbor, giving the school a direct link to what is, essentially, the heart of Seward.