Colony Oak K-8 Modernization and New STEM Campus

Colony Oak K-8 Modernization and New STEM Campus

Ripon, California


Colony Oak is an existing elementary school in the Central Valley that was built in 1992. The District elected to build all portable classrooms and restrooms with a permanent Multi-Purpose and Administration Building. Rather than a traditional modernization 25 years later, the District is replacing all portables with new slab on grade STEM classrooms and changing to a K-8 campus. The old campus will remain operational as the new campus is built on the surrounding playgrounds. The old campus will be demolished and become the central quad. 

Facing the quad are the existing MP building and the heart of their new STEM program: a Tech Lab, a Media Lab, a Physics Lab, and a Multi-Purpose Science Lab. These specialty teaching spaces have direct access to outdoor expansion in the quad for robotics and engine building via a wide roll-up door. All other standard classrooms have a “front door” main entry, but also have “back door” access to outdoor space. Abundant natural daylighting and fresh air ventilation is emphasized throughout. Equipment and penetrations do not interfere with any new shed roofs, which face south and southwest for future solar panels. Colony Oak and Ripon USD are in the heart of almond farming country and its roots are in agriculture. The District is making a big statement about their educational program as all their campuses will eventually become models of STEM schools in the area.