Shared success is the best success! Huge thanks to our partners, staff and schools for making so many valuable projects happen – and here’s to more in the pipeline.
As the district continues to deal with a difficult year of distance learning – SBCUSD has been recognized by the Public Relations Society of America for the district’s initiative in developing a back-to-school plan that keeps students, faculty, and staff safe during a pandemic. Earning the Capella Award for Innovative Communication, this award celebrates ground breaking projects that introduce original ideas tackling challenges in creative, new ways. With Governor Newsom’s April announcement of in-person classes resuming, in a manner of days SBCUSD’s Facilities Department developed an interactive rulebook with information on modified classroom layouts, physical distancing measures, and sanitation requirements. The plan was innovative in the sense that this was new territory, a course uncharted, and critical to the district’s safe return to “normal.”
Although in-person teaching has been postponed for the remainder of 2020, Facilities staff continues to update their back-to-school rule book and looks forward to hitting the ground running when in-person classes ramp up again.
The Growing Hope Project (Phases I and II) of San Andreas High School has been designated with an Outstanding Design Award for the 2019 Architectural Portfolio of American School & University Magazine, the premier showcase celebrating the best in education design. The special award can be viewed here.
From a pool of applicants across the nation, the Architectural Portfolio jury selected the Growing Hope Project for excellence in the category of Outstanding Designs: High School. The project was selected for its innovation in design for transforming what was once a locker room into an interactive and high-tech classroom featuring hydroponic growing systems. Thank you to our valued local partner, WLC Architects, Inc., for their work and dedication to this project.
This just in – Indian Springs High School’s new Performing Arts Center is on a roll! The project received recognition from the American School and University Magazine for Outstanding Design in the November 2018 Architecture Portfolio issue, the ultimate tribute to education design excellence.
The project was also featured in the June 2019 Issue of Auditoria Magazine, an international magazine for the performing arts. The article, entitled “Hope Springs Eternal,” highlights how this performing arts center “is not only a flexible educational resource, but acts as a beacon for the wider community.”
In December 2010, the District’s Facilities Department was awarded the Green Building Award for its dedication to implementing green building standards. The District is following standards in building designated by The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), an organization dedicated to ensuring K-12 students have the best possible learning environment with the smallest impact on the planet.
In 2010, the Board of Education approved a resolution to join The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) as a CHPS District. This approval was in addition to a 2007 approval of design standards, which included high performance features.
The District has also implemented the CHPS Operation Report Card (ORC), a program that benchmarks current performance of existing schools, provides a report card of results and makes suggestions for improvement. The ORC advances the standard for the maintenance, operation and improvement of all school buildings – high performance and otherwise. Facilities staff will continue to implement the most advanced proven standards to all design and constructions. We will also focus on renewable energy options and the implementation of such energy on our sites.
North Park Elementary School received a Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) 2018 Project Achievement Award for a Building Renovation Agency CM less than $10 million. The project included a complete re-imagination of the school facilities and much needed upgrades.
Thank you to our valued partners for their donated and discounted contributions to this renovation: Ruhnau Clarke Architects, Caston, Inc. and Vanir CM.