Embracing both new teaching approaches and the values that reflect the district’s character, Marine Creek Middle School offers an adaptable setting ideal for both innovation and tradition. VLK’s design serves several critical priorities including security, transparency and collaboration. The school offers a strong connection to the outdoors with a secure courtyard that feels open and natural. Extensive glass walls and windows provide views of the outdoors throughout the school. Transparency drives the look and feel of the facility. The media center overlooking a student think tank and teacher collaboration space conveys openness and visibility with the advantage of transparent enclosures for security. Finally, numerous open collaboration centers located throughout the facility offer opportunities for students to transition from class pods to open huddle spaces for group work and activities.