Tri-North Middle School
In 2018 Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) began the journey to replace the aging Tri-North Middle School in Bloomington, IN. CSO partnered with Brainspaces to lead a visioning and programming process to identify what the new building ‘should be’. Once complete, CSO was able to design the new building tailored to the specific needs and vision of Tri-North students, teachers, and administrators. The building layout utilizes next generation learning elements including an open media center, collaboration spaces, and small group rooms throughout the building. Teachers and administrators expressed the need for spaces to be flexible and adaptable to a rapidly changing educational world. CSO was able to illustrate this need by creating a Performance Large Group Instruction space with operable theatre seating, operable partitions in Science and STEM labs, and organizing spaces so both departmental and interdisciplinary teaching models could be utilized. MCCSC also emphasized the need for sustainable design considerations which were implemented with plans for a geothermal system, solar array on the gym roof, and use of local materials and native plants. The leadership of MCCSC is excited for the New Tri-North Middle School to be the crown jewel for this Bloomington community.