Classrooms for visual arts, science labs, a video lab, a graphic arts program and a robotics lab were designed to foster creativity and innovation. The center piece is a courtyard commons where students can meet, enjoy treats from the Starbucks style coffee café and purchase branded items from the gear shop.
STEAM education provides students with the opportunity to see how their learning applies to the real world, making the subjects more engaging and relevant. The design of the facility promotes collaboration among students and teachers from different grades and subjects, creating a nurturing environment that promotes open communication. The central location of labs, collaboration spaces, and arts spaces around a gathering and presentation commons further highlights this open approach.
The STEAM building replaced the Fife School Districts Admin building which was relocated to a retrofitted middle school. A mix of private offices, conference rooms and open offices created a more comfortable and efficient work environment.