Evergreen School District / San Jose, CA
High-Tech New Tech Arrives in Silicon Valley
- Project: New School Construction and Expansion
- Type: Middle School
- Scope: New Tech Campus with Administration Offices and Eco-Friendly Restrooms
- Completion Date: Phase One: September 2012; Phase Two: September 2013
When LeyVa Middle School joined the New Tech Network in spring 2012, the District knew it was taking on a big challenge: to design and build a new high-tech green school and have it student-ready by fall. Gen7 provided the ideal mix of sustainability, flexibility and creativity, custom designing and integrating a progressive “new school” building into the traditional “old school” campus. Called Bulldog Tech, the new school meets the needs of a changing society with an open concept design and interactive technology that allow students to communicate, collaborate, problem-solve and exchange ideas in a project-based learning environment. Gen7’s contemporary, high performance design and innovative technology fit seamlessly into the New Tech curriculum, creating the ideal 21st Century learning environment for the new 21st Century learning paradigm. The initial phase of construction included two Gen7 modular classroom buildings, with restrooms, administrative offices and conference room. A year later, the District added three more Gen7 classroom buildings, completing the high-tech campus in time for the 2013 school year.
LeyVa wanted to create a small school-within-a-school, forging a distinctly separate identity that reflected a modern, high-tech vision while meshing aesthetically with the existing, more traditional, campus. Learning space needed to be team-oriented, with leading-edge technology and energy-efficient systems that fulfill the school’s sustainability goals—all completed in two phases, on an accelerated summer schedule.
To provide a spacious, comfortable, progressive learning environment dedicated to the collaborative, project-based New Tech paradigm, expandable to fit future needs while reinforcing the District’s ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility.
To support the project-based learning method, the Gen7 classrooms are twice the size of standard classrooms with the latest sustainable technology embedded into the design. One open space contains integrated media and large interactive white boards that allow students to work in teams, tackling long-term challenges that involve real-life problems. Gen7’s adaptive design permits easy expansion—pivotal with enrollment expected to increase over time. Phase One construction started in late July 2012, and the building opened to students in September, meeting the school’s aggressive timeline of just 45 days. Phase Two followed the same schedule in summer 2013, accommodating the school’s expanding enrollment with three additional Gen7 buildings featuring high-concept, low maintenance upgrades, such as polished concrete floors in two of the new classrooms.