Education

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Mat-Su Career & Technical High School Addition

MCG worked with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District to provide an addition to Mat-Su Career and Technical High School, a successful educational facility in Palmer, Alaska. Founded in 2008, this popular high school has served a vital role in the community, providing diverse educational and vocational opportunities for students in the Mat-Su Borough. The building [...]

MCG worked with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District to provide an addition to Mat-Su Career and Technical High School, a successful educational facility in Palmer, Alaska. Founded in 2008, this popular high school has served a vital role in the community, providing diverse educational and vocational opportunities for students in the Mat-Su Borough. The building addition houses a dynamic media center and three new career pathways, including:

  • Transportation
  • Natural Resources
  • Human Services

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Tanalian K-12 School

The design for this comprehensive addition/renovation project in the remote location of Port Alsworth began in 2012. The project included additions on three sides of the school that more than doubled the total stage. The community was very engaged in the design and MCG worked closely with them to help provide a school that best [...]

The design for this comprehensive addition/renovation project in the remote location of Port Alsworth began in 2012. The project included additions on three sides of the school that more than doubled the total stage.

The community was very engaged in the design and MCG worked closely with them to help provide a school that best fit both their needs and DEED requirements.

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Iditarod Elementary School

This adaptation of MCG’s Machetanz Elementary prototype replaces the aging existing maze-like school. The open, connected learning environments are tailored to the community’s needs, with an open and inviting entry, connected library, and enhanced multi-function community spaces. Natural light floods the interior spaces that focus out to the main public entry. [...]

This adaptation of MCG’s Machetanz Elementary prototype replaces the aging existing maze-like school.

The open, connected learning environments are tailored to the community’s needs, with an open and inviting entry, connected library, and enhanced multi-function community spaces. Natural light floods the interior spaces that focus out to the main public entry.

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Airport Heights Elementary School

‘Dream Big’ is the focus of this neighborhood Title 1 school that serves a broadly diverse student body. Housed in one of Anchorage’s oldest facilities our design approach includes strategic interventions that improve existing classrooms and improve shared critical learning spaces. The focus of the new addition is a creative learning suite that fuses art, [...]

‘Dream Big’ is the focus of this neighborhood Title 1 school that serves a broadly diverse student body.

Housed in one of Anchorage’s oldest facilities our design approach includes strategic interventions that improve existing classrooms and improve shared critical learning spaces. The focus of the new addition is a creative learning suite that fuses art, music, food, performance and library functions that provide flexibility and new learning opportunities.

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Valley Pathways School

Based on our successful Su Valley prototype we envisioned this structure for a school that features a blended learning model to serve students of widely varying needs and abilities. Technology rich and socially engaging the new school supports a progressive educational model that leverages on-line and in person learning to provide each student with an [...]

Based on our successful Su Valley prototype we envisioned this structure for a school that features a blended learning model to serve students of widely varying needs and abilities.

Technology rich and socially engaging the new school supports a progressive educational model that leverages on-line and in person learning to provide each student with an individual learning experience.

Visually arresting and full of natural light the school is proud of their non-institutional look and unique learning signature, ‘Choose, Commit, Achieve’.

Awards

  • Len Mackler Award, CEFPI Alaska, 2014
  • Learning By Design, Grand Prize, 2016

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Mat-Su Career & Technical High School

Once housed in various facilities throughout the MSB School District, the Career and Technical programs now have their own place and identity at the Mat Su Career and Technical High School. Innovative career pathways were designed with a focus on individual learning, flexible curriculums, and adaptability over time, making it a 2008 finalist for the CEFPI [...]

Once housed in various facilities throughout the MSB School District, the Career and Technical programs now have their own place and identity at the Mat Su Career and Technical High School. Innovative career pathways were designed with a focus on individual learning, flexible curriculums, and adaptability over time, making it a 2008 finalist for the CEFPI McConell Award. The facility was wildly successful and is currently adding pathways for natural resources, human services and transportation.

“In my twenty years of managing the design of facilities, MCG Architects stands out as the most performance driven design firm, by continually demonstrating a willingness to listen to the customer and by always striving to provide the best quality in professional design services.” – Bob Bechtold, Mat-Su Borough

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Girdwood K-8 School Renewal

Built in the 1980’s utilizing a ‘sea ranch’ style of architecture, the existing building was ill-suited for the heavy snows and rains of this northern rainforest located at the base of Alaska’s premier ski resort. MCG’s renewal completely reworks the roof systems solving long standing drainage problems and adds a vital two-story expansion housing middle [...]

Built in the 1980’s utilizing a ‘sea ranch’ style of architecture, the existing building was ill-suited for the heavy snows and rains of this northern rainforest located at the base of Alaska’s premier ski resort.

MCG’s renewal completely reworks the roof systems solving long standing drainage problems and adds a vital two-story expansion housing middle school students, a gym, and a dynamically reimagined commons/library complex. The exterior design respects the thematic design features of resort-style architecture while it adapts the existing structure to a new 21st Century learning setting.

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Susitna Valley Jr/Sr High School

After fire destroyed the school in 2007 our planning team immediately engaged the community in a process that honored the independent spirit of Talkeetna, a community grounded in Alaska’s wild landscape. The welcoming entry links the library, multipurpose room, stage and music rooms, creating an open, flexible environment from the moment students, teachers and visitors [...]

After fire destroyed the school in 2007 our planning team immediately engaged the community in a process that honored the independent spirit of Talkeetna, a community grounded in Alaska’s wild landscape.

The welcoming entry links the library, multipurpose room, stage and music rooms, creating an open, flexible environment from the moment students, teachers and visitors walk through the front door. Tailored to a community that values art and nature the warm interiors and agile learning environments contributed to this school becoming a CEFPI McConnell Award Finalist in 2010.

“This school holds the community together. It is an amazing cornerstone for an amazing community.” – Former MSB Assembly Member Tom Kluberton

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Pacific High School

A unique school in a forgettable building, the school renewal transformed a failing 1960s facility into a dynamic family oriented learning setting tailored to their diverse collection of students and teachers. Folding glass walls allow for flexible arrangement of space throughout the day including their morning all school meeting, a cornerstone of their educational program. [...]

A unique school in a forgettable building, the school renewal transformed a failing 1960s facility into a dynamic family oriented learning setting tailored to their diverse collection of students and teachers.

Folding glass walls allow for flexible arrangement of space throughout the day including their morning all school meeting, a cornerstone of their educational program.

Located along the waterfront the building exterior takes its cues from adjacent vernacular housing while capturing views of the bay.

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Barnette Magnet School

‘Explore the world/Create your future!’ is the compelling promise of this school with a program based on an exploratory learning. A series of highly agile learning suites were created from the framework of an aging traditional school building that supports a broad range of teaching and learning styles. MCG engaged students to help create imaginative [...]

‘Explore the world/Create your future!’ is the compelling promise of this school with a program based on an exploratory learning.

A series of highly agile learning suites were created from the framework of an aging traditional school building that supports a broad range of teaching and learning styles.

MCG engaged students to help create imaginative exterior panels around the school’s learning signature. The results are a series of large exterior panels featuring student ideas and expressing the exciting, imaginative learning this school features.  

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UAA Kenai Peninsula College Career & Technical Center

Big Blue in a fish bowl! KPC signature process technology program has a new 2-story simulator and it is on display for all to see. The new technology center supports Alaska’s oil and gas industries and provides the campus with a landmark building that speaks to their dynamic future. State of the art electronics, hydraulics [...]

Big Blue in a fish bowl! KPC signature process technology program has a new 2-story simulator and it is on display for all to see.

The new technology center supports Alaska’s oil and gas industries and provides the campus with a landmark building that speaks to their dynamic future.

State of the art electronics, hydraulics and process technology labs are operationally linked providing students with real-world, hands on learning experiences.

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Machetanz Elementary School

Machetanz was the first school constructed with a new prototype plan developed by MCG in partnership with the Mat-Su Borough School District in 2008. The best of current learning research was used while anticipating future trends in technology and education. The schools learning signature “A center for creating community” extends beyond the physical walls of [...]

Machetanz was the first school constructed with a new prototype plan developed by MCG in partnership with the Mat-Su Borough School District in 2008. The best of current learning research was used while anticipating future trends in technology and education.

The schools learning signature “A center for creating community” extends beyond the physical walls of the facility to establish the school as a community asset and affirm it as a catalyst for the creation of healthy, viable neighborhoods.

Even on a dreary rainy day this building feels bright and cheery. The colors are engaging and the spaces are inviting. The natural light really adds to the feel-good atmosphere. You did a great job on this design. – Brett Hill, Mat-Su School District

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UAA Aviation Tech

In a highly technical addition to the original facility, MCG’s design team worked to convey the excitement of aviation through architecture, allowing glimpses of the major simulators from the corridors and lobby. Through the use of south-facing clerestories, light materials, creative lighting and spatial development, the new student gathering area was a space that remains [...]

In a highly technical addition to the original facility, MCG’s design team worked to convey the excitement of aviation through architecture, allowing glimpses of the major simulators from the corridors and lobby.

Through the use of south-facing clerestories, light materials, creative lighting and spatial development, the new student gathering area was a space that remains lively and inviting throughout Alaska’s long, dark winters.

Seamlessly integrated with the older facility, this addition gave new life to UAA’s expanding aviation tech program.

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Chugach Optional School

Evolving from the open school concepts of the 1970s, Chugach Optional remained true to the spirit of the movement, keeping its focus on parent involvement, learning by doing, and curriculum integration, all within a highly democratic organization. The old double-hall design was transformed to a single, central “learning street” with transitional spaces buffering the open-concept [...]

Evolving from the open school concepts of the 1970s, Chugach Optional remained true to the spirit of the movement, keeping its focus on parent involvement, learning by doing, and curriculum integration, all within a highly democratic organization.

The old double-hall design was transformed to a single, central “learning street” with transitional spaces buffering the open-concept classrooms. The new library embraced flexibility with spaces such as window seats, providing for a variety of simultaneous uses from individual studies to a whole class gathering.

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Clark Middle School

A neighborhood in need / a site with a view. Anchorage’s oldest middle school could not meet the challenges of 21st century learning and would cost more to rehab than to replace. The south facing, sloping site provided the perfect setting for collaborative classroom groupings, all with south facing views of the Chugach Mountains. Anchorage’s [...]

A neighborhood in need / a site with a view. Anchorage’s oldest middle school could not meet the challenges of 21st century learning and would cost more to rehab than to replace.

The south facing, sloping site provided the perfect setting for collaborative classroom groupings, all with south facing views of the Chugach Mountains. Anchorage’s only 3 story middle school houses 1,000 students in small learning communities that are supported by robust common facilities.

Working in concert with a local developer and municipal utilities land swaps and utility relocations were accomplished to fully integrate the school into its vital neighborhood.

Awards

  • Len Mackler Award, CEFPI Alaska, 2009

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