This building will house between 800 and 1,000 students and will be organized into “academies” of about 200 students each. There will be a ninth grade “academy”, which will be separated from the rest of the school. The upper grades will be offered “academy” programs in Culinary Arts, Electronics, Diesel Technologies, and Health Sciences. The ninth grade will enter the building at a dedicated entrance at 32nd and Morris. The upper grades will enter at 32nd and Tasker. At each entrance location, sufficient “under cover” area has been provided to shelter the anticipated populations. These areas have been “carved” out of the three-story mass of the academic wing of the building. The first floor level of that wing is intended to engage the community, through the entrances and the close proximity of spaces intended for community use (Media Center, Auditorium, and Cafeteria). The exposed structural columns create architectural elements that engage patterned masonry shapes to form symbolic allusions that help define entry into the building. The entrances are then joined within the building through a two-story atrium, which acts as the lobby and gathering spaces for “public” functions. The building is articulated into component fragments that create relationships with the surrounding mixture of residential and industrial forms. The use of natural clay colored brick refers to the predominant element of the surrounding neighborhoods. The incorporation of different colored glazed brick and natural stone colored unit masonry further supports the intention to soften the building impact in relationship to the residential character of the neighborhood renewal.