PROJECT

Overview

This Del Mar Heights School is the replacement of an existing school within an established neighborhood of families and students extending several generations. To fully engage this community in the planning and design of this project, an integrated structure and collaborative process was used. Over 150 participants included District school site administrators, instructional leaders, parents, community members and business & civic leaders. The project capitalizes on the extremely scenic views with the adjacent Torrey Pines Environmental Preserve and its ocean climate, while maximizing the forward thinking pedagogy and curriculum planned for the school. The campus designed to engage students in purposeful learning matched to their learning styles through “learning villages” grouped by grade levels and through the creation of open, collaborative spaces and indoor/outdoor learning experiences.  The architecture builds on the design theme of California Coastal Architecture. Simple shed-roofed, open structures are accessed along the campus boardwalk lined with beach sand and coastal grasses to mimic the water’s edge. The site is terraced along it’s natural topography allowing a natural transition to the site edge overlooking its expansive ocean view. Each village is designed to provide access to views to the ocean and the nature preserve.

Details

Location: Del Mar, California

District: Del Mar Union School District

Size: 69,000 SF, 10.5 Acre Site

Cost: $40 M

Completion: In Design

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Administration
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Multi-Use Room
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STEAM Labs
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Innovation Center
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Open Space, Tot Lot
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Entry Plaza
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Student Drop Off
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Amphitheater
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Visitor Parking
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Staff Parking
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Kinder Learning Village
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Extended Day Program
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1st-2nd Learning Village
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3rd-4th Learning Village
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5th-6th Learning Village
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Boardwalk
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Fitness and Play Course
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Fields
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Scenic Walk / Run Path
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Student Drop Off Plaza
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Outdoor Learning Lab
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Arbor