K-12 EDUCATION > EAST PALO ALTO CHARTER CAMPUS
CLIENT: Sequoia Union High School District
LOCATION: East Palo Alto, California
SIZE: 26,000 Square Feet
The Sequoia Union High School District approached CAW Architects with an urgent need to build a new 400-student high school quickly to serve their growing population. The district bought several parcels of land in East Palo Alto, and combined them to create a site for the campus. East Palo Alto had not had a public high school within it's community borders for over thirty years since the Ravenswood High School was closed in 1976. Students from this underserved community are bused to other high schools in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City.
Using a hybrid, modular, building design, CAW was able to achieve design, permitting and construction within an astonishing eighteen-month window. A central courtyard with built-in amphitheater serves as the heart of the campus allowing the entire school to gather in a central spot. Permeable paving surfaces, exterior circulation, sunscreens and ample day lighting help create an efficient environment where sustainability is featured as an educational tool rather than just a metric of building performance.
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