The School was a government project located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and has a total of 77,885 S.F.
As part of the School Modernization Program for the 21st Century, the new school for Arecibo consists of two buildings, one for each school level. Even though they are physically one building, the school program is divided in two, the west side containing the elementary level and the east side containing the middle school level with a total of 77,885 sf.
The building’s morphology is composed by a quad containing an interior patio for the elementary level (6,532 sf), an interior patio for the middle school level (6,532 sf), and a Community Pavilion located in the center which is shared between the two school levels. In the elementary patio there is a playground area, a gazebo, and an existing tree to be preserved. In the middle school patio there is a gazebo and a BBQ with sitting areas. The main design criteria used for creating a quad surrounding these patios was mainly for safety and security reasons since the quad layout allows for exterior spaces but still enclosed by the same building.