CSDA recently completed a master plan for the Kentfield School District in Kentfield, CA, to prepare the District for anticipated growth funded by a $30 million bond. The District consists of two schools, one elementary school and one middle school. Transparency and respect for community values are very important to the District. CSDA honored these needs by incorporating a visible and proactive outreach program.

Several schemes were considered in balancing student loading, safety and security needs and planning for anticipated increase in enrollment. The final master plan was approved by the school bond in June 2015.


Following the Board’s approval of the Master Plan in 2009, CSDA was retained to design new facilities to achieve LEED Silver equivalency. The new facilities designed and recently constructed include: an admissions/alumni center, multi-use auditorium, and multi-use, regulation-sized baseball and soccer fields.

The Hanna Boys Center project involved CSDA working with the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Founded in 1949, Hanna Boys Center is situated on a 170-acre campus in rural Sonoma County. As one of the Northern California’s most successful residential treatment centers, Hanna provides 120 at-risk boys an opportunity to turn their lives around. Hanna offers a home and treatment services to boys 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and educational services for grades 7-12.

The final draft of a 10-year campus Master Plan was completed by CSDA and approved by the Hanna Board of Trustees on December 8, 2008. The Master Plan detailed strategies for facility upgrades, complete renovations, new buildings, and recreational facilities required to meet the current and future needs of the campus.

Phase 1 of the Master Plan included the following major elements: upgrade main entry and entry road; new 7,800sf admission/alumni center; new 11,100sf multi-use auditorium; new multi-use artificial turf baseball field; and seismic upgrades for the chapel, gym, and wood shop. Phases 2 through 4 included complete renovation of the dining facility, a new learning center and added classrooms, main quad renovation and new amphitheater, two new group homes, parking, guest house, renovation and additions to the gymnasium, renovation of the multi-use field and residential cottages, and a new 4-H facility.


Established in 1951, Bishop O’Dowd High School is a recognized leader in college preparatory education. With a vision of maintaining this leadership into the 21st century, CSDA was selected to develop a comprehensive Master Plan with detailed strategies for future modernizations, complete renovations, new buildings, and recreational facilities.

CSDA developed the Master Plan to meet current and future needs of the school, with an existing enrollment capacity of 1,125 students. The plan had several phases and incorporated strategies to design/construct new facilities and modernize existing buildings over a period of 10-15 years.

The first phases were focused on the modernization of 28 classrooms and four science labs, the seismic retrofit of an existing gymnasium, and the addition of two environmental classroom labs. Future phases included a new athletic center, student center, cafeteria, chapel, counseling center and administration building and renovations/additions to existing buildings.



Located on a highly-urbanized 15-acre site in South Los Angeles, the 351,000 sq. ft., $90,000,000 Augustus F. Hawkins High School is an example of how a school can transform a community and is one of the most highly regarded schools in the area. The school’s three Small Learning Communities (SLC) were the inspiration for the campus layout and design. Focusing on critical design and gaming, community health advocacy, and responsible indigenous social entrepreneurship, the school design provides an independent but connected home for each of its 2,025 students. Each floor of the four story structure is home to a Small Learning Community and is supported by a competition gym, practice gym and multi-purpose cafeteria/theater.

Providing 21st Century High Performance Learning Environments was the focus of the school. This was accomplished through flexible classroom spaces of varying sizes for large and small group learning, outdoor classroom and meeting spaces including an outdoor amphitheater where students can meet for class or have lunch,
and provide the technology back-bone needed to support the SLC curriculums. The school’s CHPS certification also served as a design tool for providing the school with the sustainable infrastructure needed to support the students and staff.

Project Highlights: Master Plan, New Campus, CHPS Design, 21st Century Design, Alternative Energy and Small Learning Communities (SLC).

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