Agua Caliente ES was built in the Dream Homes neighborhood in Cathedral City in 1961 to support the emerging local community. A feasibility study was conducted in 2013/2014 to review the potentials for improving and expanding the campus. The study concluded, through cost and code compliance considerations, that replacing the campus to be the most cost effective and efficient way to maintain the legacy of the school and support the re-building of the neighborhood.
The design draws heavily from the Desert Modernism that typifies the Palm Springs area. By continuing the world re-known Architectural traditions of the desert, the project identifies the Dream Homes area as an important part of the fabric of the greater Palm Springs community. The schools’ curriculum is unique. A science focused curriculum required the inclusion of two larger, science focused classrooms to support the program. The campus includes: 7 Pre & K classrooms, 25 general classrooms, a multi-purpose room, a music room, a planting garden and a two-story Library anchoring the campus.
The project is designed to exceed Ca T-24 by 25% and provides a generous amount of roof area and parking lot for future on-site energy generation in conjunction with PSUSD’s Power Plan.