Material and texture help define scale and distance, and encourage approaching and inhabiting spaces. They give human scale to the building and define the building 'voids' such as the entry plaza and courtyards. As the building interior reveals itself, the textures and materials become warmer and of smaller scale. The siding pattern and floor textures in the central courtyard respond to the courtyard’s scale, location and to its varied uses; an outdoor classroom, an exterior foyer for community events, a place for small group study, or simply a place for relaxation and meditation.
Completed in the fall of 2009, the school is developed in several simple two-storey forms expressing a confident quality necessary for a civic project. The scale and quality of the exterior courtyards engage the surrounding context with a welcoming urban invitation.