Nazareth Area Middle School Upper Nazareth Township, Pennsylvania

The $52 million, 1,000 student middle school achieved a Gold rating under guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).  The building’s massing and design makes strong references to the historic buildings constructed by the original Moravian settlers who located in Nazareth, PA in the mid-17th century.  Sited on 22 acres, it also contains a parking lot for the adjacent high school and an all-weather track and practice field.  The plan is organized around a central administrative core, state of the art media center and cafeteria. The 2–story classroom wings for each grade level extend east-west to maximize the day lighting benefits. The physical education wing contains a 1,000 seat gymnasium, locker and team room and life fitness center. The building also includes an 8 lane competitive swimming pool and locker rooms for use by the entire district and public.