The Milpitas Christian School project incorporates the challenges of a hilltop site, including topography and environmental impacts, and transforms it into a haven for education and worship. The project includes a multi-phase development of elementary and high school facilities, totaling 108,100 square feet, which includes playgrounds, outdoor learning environments, athletic fields and outdoor performance spaces.
The design for the campus is meant to harmoniously nestle into the hillside and utilize building forms and materials that are residential in scale. Perhaps the greatest challenge faced are the two earthquake fault lines that run through the property. BCA’s design solution was to develop two separate building locations outside of the areas affected by the fault zones. This translated into an opportunity to separate the two student populations of the elementary and high schools, while at the same time, creating a shared courtyard area that serves as the campus’ main entry and main gathering area.