When a 62,000 sq ft Kroger Store adjacent to the SER-Niños Elementary School closed, the school purchased the building to serve as a home for its middle school, which at that time was located in temporary buildings. Our firm re-clad the west end of the building with metal panels to relate to the existing campus building and create an inviting new entry. We made extensive use of skylights to bring natural light into the building and bright colors to compensate for the building’s lack of windows. Large interior windows bring this borrowed natural light into the classrooms. Outside, large landscaped islands have transformed the barren parking lot.