Spectrum Academy High School
Spectrum Academy Charter School is designed for children with autism. Phase 1 was built in August 2014. In 2015 with the growth and interest of applications to the school phase 2 design was started and construction was completed in August 2016. Phase 1 encompassed K-9, phase 2 added 9-12. The students on the autism spectrum function at a higher level.
The design of the school creates an ideal environment in which the children learn without distractions and at their own pace. Classrooms are enhanced with natural daylight, acoustically-treated walls, doors and ceilings. Windows and skylights are located strategically to provide daylight and eliminate distractions. Special rooms contain ceiling-mounted swings to encourage movement and physical development. Materials, colors, and patterns do not interfere but enhance the children’s development. Innovative observation rooms provide a means where educators and parents can observe and learn how to interact with the children.
The outdoor area provides an additional learning environment. Playground equipment, landscaping, and circulation paths are designed specifically with these children in mind. A full size high school regulation soccer field and basketball court were added in phase 2 to enable students to participate in high school sports and develop social and motor skills.
Sensory rooms, speech and physical therapy rooms, and the recreational hall assist in physical development and motor skills. The life-skills room helps the children acquire skills to become independent adults, such as: setting the table; checking out books; grocery shopping; and doing the laundry. The school teaches children and families how to meet the challenges of autism.
- Date : 2015
- Client : Spectrum Pleasant Grove, LLC
- Construction Cost : $3,650,000
- Size : 40,500 s.f.
- Location : Pleasant Grove, Utah