Levi Fry Intermediate School is a replacement school that is 106,796 square feet, housing fifth and sixth grades. The building was designed for a 900 student population. The school is situated in the middle of an approximately 50 acre tract of land, with the east end of the tract occupied by approximately seven acres of wetlands. One of the design concept’s goals was to provide separate fifth and sixth grade wings. In between the two classroom wings are situated the resource library and administration areas, with these two spaces separated by a high entrance gallery. Noisy areas such as band, music, gymnasium and cafeteria are grouped in a third wing of the building, thus keeping the academic areas quieter. Natural light is abundant throughout the school, including all classrooms and most corridors. Clerestory windows in the entrance gallery and single-sided corridors lined with windows provide an attractive interplay between the exterior environment and the interior.
The wetland area is a tree filled area and serves as an environmentally-friendly buffer between the school and the busy entrance street. The east side of the building faces the wetlands allowing an undisturbed view of a natural area. In a joint venture between the District and the City, an eighty foot long pedestrian bridge was erected across a drainage ditch that separated the property from the adjacent residential areas to allow children to have easy access to the front of the school. Inviting exterior courtyards and carefully selected native landscaping around the school result in a attractive project for this District and community.