Colonel Smith Middle School

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The design of the new Colonel Smith Middle School challenges even the language used by today’s school districts. Instead of classrooms, Colonel Smith has Flexible Learning Environments, with STEM labs taking the place of science labs. Open collaboration areas, mobile furniture, and central data hot spots support any learning configuration. The school’s Net-Zero strategies include a layered daylighting approach that will reduce artificial lighting use by 80 percent. A popular Energy Dashboard, located in the main commons, allows student to track the building’s energy use, as well as energy gained from on-site solar arrays and wind turbines.


5651 E. Smith Avenue
Fort Huachuca, Arizona


Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District

Project Scope

  • New S.T.E.M. middle school
  • 450 students
  • 88,693 SF
  • $20,000,000
  • Partner firm: Emc2 Architects Planners

Select Awards

  • 2013 Citation – National School Boards Association
  • 2012 Grand Prize, SP&M Education Design Showcase
  • 2013 Silver Citation, AS&U Educational Interiors Showcase
  • 2012 Merit Award, AIA Indiana