Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School
in association with Fielding Nair International, Educational Facility Planner + Co-Design Architect
The organization of a learning community within a facility encourages the principles of an interdisciplinary, project and inquiry based education that is known as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). McMillan Pazdan Smith, in collaboration with an internationally recognized programming consultant, Fielding Nair, designed a new $29.4 million middle school for Greenville County Schools that is uniquely different that currently established teaching environments.
Located on 27 acres on the Millennium Campus next to the CU-ICAR (Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research) campus, the school will serve 1,00 students through small learning communities, a research based curriculum and team teaching in flexible and adaptable spaces. The opportunities for collaboration will be provided through a range of more agile environments that can accommodate lectures, seminars, team and individual activities.
Designed to achieve Green Globes certification, the three-story, 179,000 SF building serves as a teaching tool with indoor and outdoor learning spaces that demonstrate specific applications of math, science and engineering using the most sophisticated technological building applications and systems. Programs developed by engineering and technology corporation leaders in the Upstate enhance the connection to the student’s actual application outside an academic environment and encourage community investment and involvement in school programs.