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Indian Springs School Classrooms & Administration Buildings

Shelby County, AL

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Indian Springs School is a 350-acre, private boarding school that enrolls 280 students in grades eight through twelve. Recent transformations in learning modalities upon entering the digital age and the need to replace several structures that have surpassed their useful service warranted rethinking the original 1952 Master plan. In 2012, ArchitectureWorks and Lake | Flato Architects partnered on the project to update the campus.

Phase I consists of three Classroom buildings and a new Administration building that together shape dynamic spaces and orient views toward the campus’ lake. Subsequent phases will incorporate Phase I’s emphasis on natural light, native landscapes, board-formed concrete, and cypress siding, creating a campus-wide learning environment serving and suiting Indian Springs School values.

The design maintains the existing “open air” campus that has been part of Indian Springs School culture since its inception.  All new classrooms have exterior doors opening directly to an exterior covered walkway.  New buildings are connected to each other with a network of walks beautified with rain gardens and runnels designed to collect and filter water toward the existing lake in an aesthetically pleasing way.

  • 2017 – Honor Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Louisiana
  • 2017 – Sustainability Award, USGBC Louisiana Excellence in Sustainability
  • 2017 – Design Award, AIA, Texas Society of Architects
  • 2016 – Design Award of Merit, AIA Committee for Architecture on Education
  • 2016 – Design Award, AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Facility
  • 2016 – Design Award, Birmingham Chapter of the AIA
  • 2016 – Design Award, San Antonio AIA
  • 2016 – Honor Award, Alabama Council of the AIA