The original Coronado school was the victim of arson attacks and on the District’s list of school closures. The community didn’t accept this fate. After all, despite being an
underserved community, with 100% students of color, they had made significant progress, their STAR test scores had risen 500 points in five years—a testament to the community’s strong desire and belief in its children’s
education and future.
Like the phoenix, Coronado rose anew because of a committed community that rallied to save its school. The Fibonacci spiral, like the nautilus shell, was the inspiration for the school’s design layout—the intention that the students attending Coronado will grow exponentially in knowledge and community. The curve of the library wall illustrates its importance as the heart of the school as it wraps around the health center and classrooms to symbolize the expanding possibilities.
This small campus site makes great use of its outdoor learning areas. The translucent patio cover over the outdoor lunch area doubles as an outdoor learning center with translucent panels that drop down to protect the students from the sun, wind and rain. Community gardens
are accessible to the community, providing students with hands-on opportunities to learn about the science behind food and nutrition.
Arrowhead Elementary School (officially dedicated as Galileo Academy) is the first new elementary school built in this high desert suburban school district in almost a decade. The school is a new model plan from VESD’s more recent schools. Arrowhead’s all indoor, single building layout is a direct response to the school’s often harsh climate of wind, severe heat, and winter cold. Its long, narrow floor plate takes best advantage of the site’s north and south orientations. Deep overhangs shade the windows from direct sun.
The campus is separated into primary and elementary wings which house a total of 27 classrooms and flank the school’s shared core (Office, Media Center, and Multi-Purpose Room). The design features a single point of entry concept for added security. The MPR and Media Center can be accessed after hours without penetrating the remainder of the school.
Victor ESD is extremely proud of the school’s many technology systems. The building uses 100% individually programmable LED lighting, and a state of the art EMS system can remotely control the temperature settings within this highly energy efficient facility. Instructional technology includes wireless access to every space. VESD has implemented a 1:1 deployment for students and faculty at the laptop level.
Centinela Valley Union High School District
Completed: September 2014
Hawthorne High School is located at the northwest corner of El Segundo Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue and is one of three high school campuses within the Centinela Valley Union High School District. The scope of work for the Phase 1 project includes demolishing existing buildings that were over 50 years old and reorganizing parking areas, natural landscape area, and underground site utilities. The construction of new buildings includes the Student Services and Counseling Center, Media Center, Science Center, and the School of Engineering Academy.
The campus reorganization takes into account the whole notion of a campus that is student centered. The creation of a main student gathering space is defined by the radial gateway and shade shelters (in an upcoming phase) and having all of the buildings organized in a way that supports that notion.
The CTE Media Arts Modernization included the design of a Career Tehnical Education Media Arts Modernization at the Monterey County Office of Education Main Office Building. We gutted and replaced the existing studios and control room and added 21st century learning classrooms and ancillary facilities.
This project included the modernization of the auditorium, cafeteria and kitchen, including new HVAC, electrical/sound system, kitchen equipment, flooring, wall and ceiling finishes, window blinds, platform steps, proscenium opening, and stage floor. We also replaced the exterior drinking fountains with ADA fixtures (code required), replaced wall/window HVAC and existing light fixtures with energy efficient equipment and fixtures, reorganized main office area, and performed upgrades to fire alarm system, exterior lighting, HVAC and plumbing system.
This New High School was designed to house 3,029 students from grades 9-12 with a build-out to 3,500+ students. The buildings are Type II-A construction and are 303,662 G.S.F. for buildings and 345,452 G.S.F. of total structures. The site is just over 55.3 acres. There are 14 DSA approved buildings; (2) 2,500-seat grandstands at the stadium, and 500-seat bleachers at the 50-meter pool complex. The campus has a 500+ seat theater, three full-court basketball gymnasium, a weight room, a dance room, a wrestling room, team rooms, a library, a cafeteria, auto shop, body shop, photography darkroom, (3) technical/shop classrooms, (2) concession rooms, drama room, choir room, band room, and (2) state-run special education rooms. The Special Education Building will not be built due to state budget cuts. Fields include: varsity baseball and softball, junior varsity baseball and softball, (2) soccer fields, artificial turf football field, synthetic track and field, an Olympic-size pool, (8) tennis courts, (8) basketball courts, and (2) sand volleyball pits. The campus also has a maintenance facility with a covered storage yard and an automotive spray booth.
George Brown Elementary School took eight years to complete. The property that the District selected for the new school site included several historic homes acquired through eminent domain and involved the relocation of several homeowners. Combined with toxic soil conditions totaling $1.0 million in mitigation cost, it took six years to obtain all approvals and to bid the project.
The new school is designed for 850 students and contains all of the latest 21st century technology toys including wi-fi to all rooms, assistive listening systems at all classrooms, smart boards in all classrooms, and movable furniture to accommodate team and collaborative learning arrangements. Sustainable features include auto-dimming of classroom lighting, irrigation management system, and energy management system.
The campus opened in August 2013 and San Bernardino City Unified School District is extremely pleased with their new facility. The team members included Bob Hensley, Jose Adrianzen, Andy Powell, and Harry Pranata. The total construction cost was about $17.0 million.
The Performing Arts Theater for Capistrano Valley High School is a two-story, 27,760 sf building with a seating capacity of 458.
It is funded in part by a Career Technical Education Grant and therefore has five teaching stations that include the following: Theater, black box theater, production digital recording, stage craft, stage, and sound and lighting lab.
Additional classrooms not part of CTE grant include a Band and Choir Room, Practice Rooms, offices, music storage and support spaces.
Silver Fork Elementary School is the smallest school and school district with the biggest heart (12 students and 2700 sf!) Silver Fork School is the restoration of the original 1950’s red, one-building school house fitted for the 21st century. Energy efficiency, technology, and accessibility have all been improved while keeping the original “Red School House” theme. Students and teachers are experiencing a revival in education with a modern facility. This is a modernization of a one-story, wood-framed classroom building of about 2700 square feet.
Buildings surrounding the interior courtyards are connected with ornamental fencing which provides security for closing the campus after hours or during school hours as may be required. Core buildings are designed with direct access to the exterior of the campus. In this way, these buildings may be occupied in the evenings while the rest of the campus remains secure.
The exterior spaces that surround each building create lines for security, public spaces, student spaces, and circulation patterns. The administration, library/media center, and performing arts buildings were placed at the main entry to provide a consolidated presence. The 450 seat state-of-the-art auditorium has complete fly tower functions, theater lighting, and acoustically designed sound control systems.
The student drop off area, student parking, staff parking, and bus drop off area are all located at different points of entry to reduce congestion at peak traffic hours.
The scope of work for this 63,200 sf project includes a new administration building, library building and multi-purpose/kitchen building, plus existing building renovations of utilities and equipment upgrades, ADA upgrades, and site work of parking and landscaping improvements.
The design concept for the G.J. Valadez Middle School was to create a building which on the outside links directly to the adjacent feeder elementary school while on the inside creates a playful, dynamic, social environment befitting its middle school-aged students.
The campus design includes many LEED/CHPS based concepts. VMS is built on a brown-field site which was previously a lumber warehouse. Multi-story buildings allowed for a compact design consuming less acreage. Trees and landscaping reduce heat islands. Low flow plumbing fixtures and drought tolerant planting are used throughout. High efficiency HVAC systems all exceed Title 24 requirements and an EMS system keeps the systems running at peak efficiency. Locally produced concrete masonry makes up the building’s superstructure, and occupancy sensors control lighting while shaded daylighting is provided for each occupied space.
An inviting, clearly defined front entrance highlights the reconfigured and expanded administration area that allows students and parents to interface better with staff throughout the day. The old shower and locker room areas within the building were no longer needed due to the new gymnasium/shower/locker building addition. This allowed space for two additional general classroom spaces and a much needed computer lab. New exterior student toilet rooms were also added that lead out to the existing lunch and playground areas that are easily supervised. A new full service kitchen expansion, engineered lunch shelter, and related shade structures were also added for student comfort while dining and congregating outside.
To develop a 21st century learning environment, all classroom spaces are equipped with the latest digital technology. The new design integrates natural daylighting techniques into the facility via the addition of south and north facing windows with mechanized shades in the administrative areas, and the use of light controlled “Solatube” skylights in all of the classroom spaces.
A series of inspirational wall murals, floor graphics, and accent walls (derived from school colors) were incorporated throughout the building to instill a sense of school pride in the students and faculty.
Hans Christensen Middle School is the third K-8 campus for the fast-growing Menifee Union School District. The campus features a fully enclosed, single building concept. Each grade level is housed in its own wing with classrooms, labs, and support space. The indoor design enhances security, reduces energy use, and reinforces school spirit. The central, clerestory-lit spine connects the entire school with the Gymnasium and Multi-Purpose Rooms at the polar ends of this 300-foot-long space. These quasi-public venues can be opened after hours while still securing the remainder of the campus. Restrooms, labs, and meeting rooms float in the middle of the spine and the perimeter walls feature custom graphic murals (also designed by WLC) which speak to career pathways and student character.
The Fred T. Korematsu Campus is a new 68,500 sf campus on a 2.6-acre site designed to house 800 ninth grade students. It is located two blocks from the main San Leandro High School campus and consists of three buildings: a three-story steel frame classroom/administration/library building, a tilt-up concrete gymnasium/locker building, and a tilt-up concrete kitchen building.
Designed to be a signature addition to San Leandro High School, this new 28,500 sf, state of the art, 600-seat performing arts theater includes an orchestra pit, scene shop, digital facilities for the San Leandro Arts and Media Academy, black box drama classroom, dressing rooms, and support spaces.
The heart of the campus is the 400-foot-long, two-story, sky-lit mall which connects the academic and public spaces. The campus floor plan allows the office, gymnasium, theater, lecture hall, and cafeteria to be used independently by spectators, patrons, and visitors without opening the remainder of the academic areas. Each quasi-public program element has its own dedicated exterior entry that is segregated from the central mall. The lecture hall sits at the front of the school and can house the entire JHHS staff for meetings and in-services. It has its own dedicated restrooms and a/v control spaces. The 500-seat theater features a working fly-tower, scenery shop, and a catwalk system whose unique design allows for performers, technicians, and instructors to circulate around the entire venue without returning to the stage floor level.
Academic classrooms and labs are distributed into four focused wings, each with its own staff office, student center, and conferencing spaces. One wing houses the District’s Information Technology Magnet Program. This wing can also be secured from the rest of the campus so that students from throughout the district can utilize its unique instructional spaces without necessarily mingling with the rest of the student body. The magnet program spaces include a fully functioning TV studio, computer graphics labs, and a state-of-the-art Cisco video conferencing center.
Acting ahead of the school security curve, the District included an access control system in the design. All of the school’s public areas are monitored by a video surveillance system and every door in the school is outfitted with an electronic ‘smart’ lock which keeps a detailed record of access and egress. If needed, the entire campus can be ‘locked down’ with the stroke of a keyboard from the main office.
The new building houses 30 general education classrooms and 2 entry level science labs. The building will function as the school’s 9th grade campus so that entering students can first adapt to high school life as a cohesive graduating class before mingling with the larger campus population.
The building is the high school’s only two-story structure. The new building purposefully blends with the existing campus architecture while at the same time striking a decidedly modern tone. The mix of red concrete masonry, smooth metal parapet panels, and painted stucco are intended to play off of the existing campus vernacular, whereas the corrugated metal panels and expansive glass bring new textures and a lighter aesthetic to this massive addition.
Sustainability was a central objective for the school district. The building demonstrates these goals both inside and out. The structure is sited with a decided north/south perspective. The south façade features deep recesses and solar shades while the north façade is lighter with an abundance of glass that takes advantage of the nearby mountain views. Skylights bring natural light deep into the building’s interior, spilling sunlight from one floor down to the other. Each classroom is equipped with dimmable skylights which adjust automatically with the available natural daylight. The building features locally available products, natural material flooring, reclaimed irrigation water, low flow plumbing fixtures, and is even pre-wired for a future rooftop solar array.
The 210,000 sf new campus is organized around a courtyard creating an inner sanctum fostering student and staff interaction and the learning environment. The public buildings, Administration, Library, Gymnasium, and Theater are located near the streets with the classroom buildings placed away from noise and distractions. Through the use of multi-level covered walks, and exterior stairs and terraces, circulation takes place both inside and outside allowing students to interact with the natural surroundings and helping to avoid inclement weather when going between buildings.
The design supports the current departmental organization but allows adaptability for Small Learning Communities. Separating the classrooms into three wings with support spaces for staff offices, work rooms, and conference spaces encourages and allows interaction among staff and students. Each classroom is shared by two teachers. To accommodate their professional equipment, lockable storage was provided within the teaching walls.
Three essential programs at El Cerrito High School are the Community Health Project, the Radio Station, and Tech Futures. These three programs, in addition to being part of the school curriculum, also integrated a community component as support and involvement with the school.