Westminster Junior High School
The Westminster Schools were facing increasing challenges in providing adequate space for their junior high students and faculty. Existing space was unsuitable and insufficient to meet the evolving needs of the junior high school. The schools’ Board of Trustees decided to create a new free-standing junior high building, while utilizing existing space for much-needed library, faculty and support space.
The Westminster Schools turned to Carter to create a comprehensive plan to address the many facets of this project. Carter guided the project team through a strategy to preserve an on-campus wetland, thereby saving almost a year in permitting efforts and allowing the junior high school to stay on schedule. Carter led a successful zoning update and advised the school on master-planning issues.
The new $25 million junior high school connects with the existing George Woodruff Library and provides classrooms, science labs, fine-arts and performing-arts space, multi-purpose and recreation space, and a unique two-story “science commons.” A key feature of the junior high school is an outdoor amphitheater and recreation courtyard that accommodates all of the junior high school’s students and faculty. The project was completed in August 2005.