Due to growth in the north Sacramento region and recent success of the school district’s general obligation bond, Natomas USD is converting American Lakes, Bannon Creek and Jefferson Schools into kindergarten through eighth grade (K-8) campuses. This includes modernization of the administration, learning resource and food service areas, as well as new classroom and gymnasium facilities. The new construction elements were purposefully designed to be site-adapted for cost and time savings, with each campus’ scope to include a one-story classroom building, two-story classroom building (with similar features/details) and a new gymnasium with specialized learning spaces. At Bannon Creek and Jefferson Schools, recent modernization of the sites allows for minimal upgrades. American Lakes School will include a modernization of the learning resource center and administration building, plus a new track and parking/drop-off area.
The architectural vocabulary for the design resonates from the agricultural history of the Natomas area, including metal panel and “barn like” roof elements. Colors vary to represent each school’s existing palette and buildings are mirrored or flipped to provide optimum access and security on-site. As with any K-8 conversion, special attention was paid to the separation of upper and lower grades and a dedicated middle school “quad” was incorporated into each design to support the middle school’s identity.