The voters of Gilroy showed their support for this new $110 million, 1,800 student school by passing two Bond Measures to complete this award winning second High School in Gilroy.
The layout and design grew from collaborati?ons with a “User Group” and “Steering Committee” comprised of Department Heads at Gilroy High School and Local Community members respecti?vely. Promo?ting collaborati?on within major disciplines, the Arts, Sciences and the Humaniti?es are located in their own wings. The Arts programming has been re-envisioned to integrate academics with technical educati?on. BCA worked closely with the teachers and was successful in securing $6 million in CTE grants to integrate Digital, Media Arts and Performing Arts with hands-on instructi?on.
BCA approached the City of Gilroy about the potenti?al to joint use with the District on both a Prac?tice Gym and an Aqua?tics Center. A?fter a series of combined School Board/City Council meeti?ngs, the City agreed to fund both joint-use ventures providing an addi?tional $9.6 million to the project budget (State and Local funds). The practi?ce gym will be available aft?er hours for community use. The community can also use the library and administrati?on area. All joint-use spaces are designed with separate secure aft?er-hours entrances.
Sweeping natural view corridors of the countryside and foothills were protected by creati?ng a two-story campus that occupies a compact area of the 40 acre site, allowing the inclusion of a large greenbelt on site. The resul?ting higher density of built space creates a more urban and inti?mate setti?ng around a central quadrangle, the social hub of the campus. A fan shaped organiza?tional layout allows for spacious outdoor learning environments, bett?er supervision for administrators, and the greatest level of security for the students and staff. High quality materials, chosen for durability, longevity, and low-maintenance, as well as classical design elements such as natural stone and ornate entry facades, are used to reflect a collegiate and ?timeless architecture reminiscent of the original Gilroy High School, built in 1912 in the Classic Revival style, whose beloved iconic memory remains strong in the community.