The new 4-story Nitschmann Middle School has been constructed on the same site as the old building that it replaced, keeping the school in the heart of the West Bethlehem neighborhood that it has served for nearly 100 years. The new design is organized with the auditorium and cafeteria anchoring the east end, the gymnasiums anchoring the west end, and the connecting classroom floors in between. Flanking the main entrance is a tall clock-tower with a glass-enclosed top that illuminates at night. The tower serves as a civic landmark to the surrounding neighborhood, designating the building as a place for both school and community. After the old middle school is demolished, new synthetic athletic fields will take its place. This resulting active open space will be an extension of the city’s Rose Garden Park “green corridor” across the street. The state of the art, 21st century learning facility has achieved LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.