Henley Middle School

Henley Middle School


Fit for Life Center Addition

Originally solicited as a 7,500 square foot auxiliary gym, Albemarle and BCWH transformed that plan into a design of smaller, more specialized spaces that could be used by the entire school and community. This place would allow for the teaching of everything from sports skills to lifelong fitness, from biomechanics to biophysics, from technology to appreciation of nature. The facility would facilitate the learning of these things using space, technology, and visibility through four specialized spaces including: Multipurpose Room: The largest space in the facility, has high ceilings to accommodate ball sport skill training, an artificial turf floor, large windows for natural light and connections and views to the surrounding natural landscape, and a large monitor wall. Fitness Room: Students can use free weights, do bodyweight exercises, or use the weight rack. There is also a green screen area for digital capture - students can be filmed and watch their videos on the adjacent flat screen monitor to learn the mechanics of their body during exercise and movement. Additionally, the Fitness Room has a large glass wall that folds up to allow the space to open up to the adjacent Courtyard, creating and indoor/outdoor environment and expanding the use of the space. Break-out Space: By enlarging the corridor connecting the existing classroom corridor to the new addition, a flexible space with natural light, durable carpeting, and a wall-mounted, interactive projector could be created for many different classes and groups to use. Courtyard: The Courtyard opens from both the Fitness Room and the Break-out Space which provides an area for outdoor classroom activities as well as outdoor fitness activities. The Henley fitness facility was completed near the end of the 2015/2016 school year and continues to open new opportunities for discovery and integrated learning.