In November of 2014, the City of Hayward passed Measure L, which provided $229 million for Hayward Unified School District improvements including the design and construction of new STEAM buildings on three high school campuses: Hayward High School, Tennyson High School & Mt. Eden High School. STEAM, which is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math, supports an interdisciplinary project-based curriculum, which these new buildings will house.
The project was designed based on the following guiding principles:
• The building is a teaching tool where the interconnectivity of curriculum is reflected in the design – systems are exposed and celebrated, rather than concealed, art is found in the materials
and systems rather than applied.
• The building supports student ownership, is a social hub and promotes stewardship.
• The building provides a creative, interactive, hands-on environment.
• The building encourages collaboration and connectivity.
• The building is flexible with transformer-type spaces that support (rather than limit) learning with a STEAM infrastructure and customizable spaces that allow for flexibility and change over time to accommodate curriculum changes and unknown or emerging programs.
• The building provides a new, forward identity for the District.
• The building prototype is adapted to the individual identity of each high school campus.
The STEAM buildings provide eight Learning Spaces and two Science Labs organized around the double height Maker Space and Demonstration Lobby where projects are tested, realized and presented to the cohort. The classrooms are designed to be flexible allowing for a variety of learning styles and teaching methodologies. Breakout rooms and alcoves provide spaces for small group collaboration and self-directed learning. Outdoor learning areas include a maker space patio, orchard, garden and areas for group work and individual contemplation. The building will be LEED Gold and Net-Zero ready.