With a vision of incorporating 21st century teaching methods and technology, Bellarmine-Jefferson High School teamed with CSDA to renovate and modernize 1,850 SF of existing library spaces into high performance, flexible learning spaces for their High School community.
A 21st century collaboration space and student union was designed for breakout learning and multi-discipline collaboration for before, during and after-school. The library was reimagined with flexible work areas to accommodate small and large collaboration groups and a technology hub called the “thought spot” was added as a Central gathering space for more intimate project presentations and collaborations. Learning nooks were added at the periphery of the space to allow for small groups of up to four to gather and work while oversized seating benches were installed along the exterior windows to allow for individual learning opportunities in the diffused sunlight.
21st Century Key Features
• Flexible work areas
• Collaborative spaces
• Soft and Flexible Seating
• Lighting and Color Student Display Space
• Flexibility, Adaptability, and Variety
The new two-story Administration and Theater building will provide the campus with a new identity and connection to the community. The center lobby serves as both the school’s main entrance for visitors and theater guests. The south wing houses administration and student support services on the first floor and classroom space on the second. The north wing houses a multi-use theater with retractable stadium seating for 300, a floor level stage and full lighting and audio visual systems. The theater is flanked by dressing rooms, a drama classroom and backstage area. The boomerang shape of the building creates an intimate court yard interior to the campus for outdoor gathering and performance activities.
CSDA also provided acoustical designs for the building, with specific attention focused on the performing arts spaces. A detailed analysis of room acoustics, sounds isolation, and HVAC noise/vibration reduction was performed. Designs to enhance speech intelligibility, while retaining the theater’s musicality, were provided. Sound isolation recommendations were tailored to provide a high level of noise reduction between the theater and adjacent spaces.
CSDA provided architectural design services for a new physical education building as well as a new multi-purpose room, lunch pavilion and student store on an existing campus.
The new physical education building, houses two regulation basketball courts, a volleyball court, fitness center, a classroom, storage, locker rooms with adjacent offices, conference room and storage facilities. The second building houses a new multi-purpose room with a performing arts stage, a lunch pavilion with a full kitchen and indoor and outdoor seating and an adjacent student store.
Construction was phased to allow use of the previously existing physical education building. A prominent set of terraced and landscaped steps was constructed to tie in the new physical education building to the existing campus. This also doubles as an outdoor learning space for class gatherings and extracurricular activities. Additionally, we provided infrastructure for Photovoltaic systems on both building roofs, as well as shade structures for the new adjacent parking areas.
Citizens of the World Charter Schools is nationally known for providing demanding, challenging and joyful learning environments. CSDA was asked to provide designs for their new home in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The new facility provides a permanent home for their thriving TK thru 5th grade community.
The school is located in an existing three-story mixed use building in one of Los Angeles’ historic neighborhoods. The school will house its approximately 600 student body and provide 21st Century Learning design spaces including: general classrooms, art room, collaborative learning spaces, community library, outdoor classrooms, outdoor lunch areas, and athletic facilities.
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 each high school campus; 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 STEAM buildings provide eight Learning Spaces, two Science Labs, a Maker Space and Demonstration Lobby. Breakout rooms and alcoves provide spaces for small group collaboration and self-directed learning. Outdoor learning areas include an exterior maker space patio, orchard, garden and areas for group work and individual contemplation. The classrooms are designed to be flexible allowing for a variety of learning styles and teaching methodologies. These buildings are expected to achieve LEED Gold Certification.