The voters of Gilroy showed their support for this new $110.5 million school by passing two bond measures to complete this award-winning project. The 1,800-student campus is the second comprehensive high school in Gilroy. The campus’ layout and design grew from multiple charrettes and collaboration with a user group and a steering committee comprised of department heads and community members.
Promoting collaboration within major disciplines, facilities that house the arts, sciences and humanities programs are located in their own wings. The arts programming was re-envisioned to integrate academics with technical education. The team at BCA worked closely with the teachers and was successful in securing $6 million in CTE grants from OPSC to integrate digital, media and performing arts with hands-on instruction.
BCA approached the City of Gilroy about the potential for joint-use of both the practice gymnasium and the aquatics center. After a series of combined School Board/City Council meetings, the City agreed to fund both joint-use ventures, which provided an additional $9.6 million to the project. The practice gym is available after hours for community use; the community can also use the library and administration area. All joint-use spaces are designed with separate, secure after-hours entrances.
Sweeping natural view corridors of the countryside and foothills were protected by the two-story volume of the buildings on the compact 40-acre site, which also allowed for the inclusion of a large greenbelt. The resulting higher density of built space creates a more urban and intimate setting around a central quadrangle, the social hub of the campus. A fan-shaped organizational layout allows for spacious outdoor learning environments, better supervision for administrators and the greatest level of security for the students and staff.
High quality materials were chosen for their durability, longevity and low maintenance features. Classical design elements, such as natural stone and ornate entry facades, were used to reflect a collegiate and timeless architecture that is reminiscent of the original Gilroy High School, built in 1912 in the Classic Revival style, whose beloved iconic memory remains strong in the community.