After an extensive life cycle cost analysis prepared by BCA Architects, the District made the decision to tear down and replace this 1950s era school. In an effort to resolve many of the challenges with the current site, BCA designed the school as a two-story campus in order to minimize the building’s footprint on the five acre site that was to house 1,000 students. BCA felt that in order to make the school’s presence known in this setting, its design must provide a sense of community that was not found in its previous campus – their design wraps the perimeter of the site to provide a sense of security on the internal side of the campus while freeing up much needed outdoor play area for the students.
Features of the building include monumental curved entries and modestly placed archways coupled with glass curtain walls and metal sunshades to create a design that blends traditional Spanish-style with modern architecture. Many sustainable design strategies are implemented together to maximize the energy efficiency of the building and to provide healthy classroom environments. The exterior corridors maximize energy efficiency as the building reduces HVAC usage, while roof-top solar panels generate power organically. This mix of conventional and contemporary design subtly reflects the District’s identity and majority of Latino population, yet with a modern twist that exemplifies their progressive goals towards sustainability and 21st Century Learning Environment facilities.