Serendipity School is a K-5 private school in the San Francisco Bay Area that is renovating and expanding their current site to better serve their students. In addition to developing a campus master plan, BCA Architects is assisting the school in seeking approval from the City of Belmont to amend the property’s Site Utilization Plan via a Conditional Use Permit and Design Review Application.
The master plan includes opportunities for Serendipity School to boast contemporary learning environments that are consistent with today’s modern educational programs. A new 4,800 square foot Gen7 modular building will be added and will provide much needed auxiliary spaces, including a multipurpose space, art studio, tech lab, library, staff lounge, storage space and restrooms. The school’s existing building will be renovated, thus positioning the administration office directly adjacent to the campus entry to improve wayfinding while also creating a more secure and controlled campus. The eastern façade of the existing building will also be updated to develop a consistent architectural expression with the new Gen7 modular building and create an impactful campus identity. Various site improvements include a revised campus entry; campus courtyard; multiple student play areas and outdoor learning environments accessed by a raised boardwalk ADA ramping system; edible student gardens; an outdoor learning pavilion; replacing the hardcourt play area and access easement with porous asphalt; paving and striping the existing parking lot; and relocating an existing stormwater channel adjacent to the circulation path to increase student safety.