New Construction of STEM Learning Pods & Community Center
Vaughn Next Century Learning Center
2013 - 2016
CSDA provided architectural services for four new STEM Learning Pod buildings on four separate sites (Del Sur St., Filmore St., Daventry Pl., and Eustace St.) with one new multi-purpose room at the existing VISA High School. These buildings are a part of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center charter school campus in Pacoima, California.
All four buildings are based on the pod concept and design of the Global Green Generation (G3) Charter School. Although the G3 School pod design was used as a basis for design, the pods vary in size and shape from site to site, due to the differing physical constraints of the individual sites. Each building varies from approximately 9,000 to 17,500 total SF and although separated, these new buildings provide a physical connection to the existing campus. Additionally, CSDA’s design provides as much green space, shade and additional parking as each site will allow.
The “Learning Pods” are large open spaces that house multiple classrooms or can be utilized as one large group learning space. These larger learning spaces facilitate the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) curriculum taught by providing as much flexibility as possible and state-of-the-art technology. In an effort to deliver the most energy-efficient buildings possible, CSDA designed these learning pods using California High Performance School (CHPS) guidelines and standards.