Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School
McMillan Pazdan Smith, in collaboration with Education Facility Planner and Co-Design Architect Fielding Nair International, has designed a new $42.3 million middle school for the Greenville County School District that will be uniquely different from current, typical teaching environments. The Firm’s new design responds to principles of an interdisciplinary, project and inquiry based education curriculum known as STEAM, reflecting the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math focuses.
By providing agile environments that accommodate lectures, seminars, team and individual activities, the new school focuses heavily on collaborative spaces that will support educational programs developed by local corporate engineering and technology leaders designed to enhance the Student’s connection to real-world applications outside academia and encourage both community investment and involvement in school programs.
McMillan Pazdan Smith’s new 179,000 SF, three-story design will serve 1,000 students and is located on the Millennium Campus near the CU-ICAR (Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research) campus and has been designed to achieve Green Globes certification. Additionally, through the use of sophisticated technological building applications and systems, the building will serve as a teaching tool with indoor and outdoor learning spaces that demonstrate specific applications of math, science and engineering.