PROJECT

Overview

The District’s educational vision for this K-5 campus is to create flexible learning environments that promote communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. The design is also built on strategies to support a diverse community of students including preschool, transitional kindergarten, and a broad spectrum of students with special needs from pre-k through 5th grade. Additionally the school is linked to the School of Education at CSU San Marcos and supports the professional development needs of teachers in training.

These concepts are reflected in the campus design through the creation of creative, collaborative spaces, specialized facilities integrated within the learning environment, and dynamic STEAM programs that engage students in purposeful learning matched to their learning styles. The campus design provides highly flexible and adaptable learning spaces that allow a natural flow of activities and interaction.

Building on the design theme that respects the surrounding residential neighborhood, the building forms include simple massing and fenestration, shed roofs and strong references to residential scale elements. Terracing the site along its natural topography and relocating the campus to higher ground will improve drainage, maintenance, and supervision while allowing a natural and accessible transition across the site. Grade level Learning Villages are designed to support flexible uses throughout each day with open collaborative learning activities designed as connective areas between instructional spaces. Buildings provide a safe student environment with outdoor learning activities, student garden lab, courtyard for both active and passive activities adjacent to areas for play and fitness with a secure perimeter and single point of entry controlled by administration.

Details

Location: San Marcos, California

District: San Marcos Unified School District

Size: 91,000 SF, 10.2 Acre Site

Cost: $48M

Completion: 2023

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Student Drop Off
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Administration
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Multi-Purpose Space
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After School Program (KOC)
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Special Education
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State Licensed Pre-School
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Kindergarden
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Kindergarten Playground
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Student Collaboration
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Classrooms
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Classrooms
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Student Collaboration
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Library
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Maker Space
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Art Lab
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Flag Court
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Food Service
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Reading Garden (Preserved from Existing)
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Vegetable Garden
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Play Apparatus
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Maintenance Yard
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Play Fields
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Hardcourts
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Kinder Drop Off
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Parking Lot
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Music Lab

Rebuilding on an Occupied Campus

New solutions must balance the needs of the future, permanent campus against the needs of the existing campus during construction.

Existing Campus

New Campus

Minimizing Cost and Disruption

The proposed plan was designed to limit the amount of required demolition of the existing campus and limit the amount of interim housing. This reduces cost and limits disruptions on campus.

Proposed Massing

Demolition of Existing Structures

Collaborative Spaces for Learning

As learning trends towards collaborative models, secondary spaces outside the classroom are becoming increasingly important. Collaboration spaces, each sized to accommodate different scales of student groups have been located across the campus.

Collaboration and socialization also occur in spaces not traditional used for such purposes. The Library, for instance, is now louder, hosting a wider range of activities. The Richland ES library has a “Reading Nook” for reading instruction, but is also adjacent flexible work space and a Maker Lab. These  flexible spaces, all adjacent one another, allow for a broad range of student activities and new opportunities for student collaboration.