Thompson + Pollari

Navajo Preparatory School Phase III Student Center

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Navajo Preparatory School Phase III Student CenterThis new 26,000 SF Student Center & Library is the first building in the third phase of development for this historic boarding school campus.  When completed in September 2009, the facility will physically complement the Phase I Dorm cluster and the Phase II Athletic Center via connective, axial circulation paths and related material palettes. The primary circulation route through the new building connects the Athletic Center to the main historic campus core through the interior “colonnaded” corridor bisecting the level one Cafeteria and Lounge zones.

The building is rotated 45 degrees to respond to the original gym mass and to enhance specific relationships with new campus buildings and site features. Building massing was designed to present distinct facades in all four cardinal directions, with the  glazed SE façade of the Cafeteria fronted by an outdoor patio off the loop entry drive, and the NE façade of the Media Center presenting a Dorm inspired roof form to the adjacent Female Hogan site. Materiality of the exterior skin compliments all previous phases of building construction and is in keeping with the Architectural Design Guidelines from 1998.


September – 2009  

Key Design Concepts

  • Integration of Student Center functions with Science Department/Labs
  • LEED GOLD certification
  • Eclectic design – modern yet traditional
  • Daylighting Design
  • Cultural design for Media Center with custom carpet and Dorm inspired roof transition
  • Plan form driven by axial corridors that relate the new building to existing structures


Ecostructure publication – September 2007