Northumberland Middle-High School
Northumberland County Public Schools, Heathsville, Virginia
Although they share a common site and infrastructure, the Northumberland Middle School and High School operate as independent schools. Both retain distinct identities through the use of separate entrances, dedicated parking, and independent bus drop-offs. The design takes clues from the local culture and incorporates the distinct historical roots of the county by combining two major local industries: agricultural and maritime commercial trade. Shared facilities include a 850-seat auditorium, kitchen facilities with separate dining areas, as well as areas dedicated to music, a media center, and a clinic. An abundant use of natural daylight was incorporated into the design to create stimulating learning environments.