Bishop Elementary School

  • Project: New Construction
  • Type: Pre-K-5
  • Phase 1 Completion Date: December 2017
  • Phase 2 Completion Date: April 2018
  • Phase 3 Completion Date: August 2018

Project Background

Last modernized in 1996, the 1940s-era Bishop Elementary School needed a complete overhaul to provide a healthy and engaging 21st century learning environment for the school’s rising enrollment. Once Bishop’s outdated portables and blacktop were demolished, American Modular Systems (AMS) and Aedis Architects had a clean slate for creating a new campus featuring a space-optimizing mix of single-story and two-story buildings in an inviting quad layout. The new plan adds 39 state-of-the-art classrooms and restroom facilities housed in seven permanent modular buildings, anchored by two high-performance Gen7 Two-Story buildings—the Sunnyvale School District’s first two-story classroom building. The two-story building delivers 22,176 square feet of K-5 space in a two-wing configuration that opens to an outdoor learning and play area with green space, courtyards and seat walls. Four Gen7 single-story buildings and an AMS Head Start/Pre-K building brings the total learning space to 43,560 square feet.

Integrating AMS’ DSA-approved modular designs with site-built elements shortened the construction timeline, allowing the school to continue the existing education program during phased delivery of a complex project. The layout makes the most of a tight site, layering in custom features that evoke the California Mission style—a tribute to the community’s rich history. A site-built clock tower serves as a focal point visually connecting the two-story modular classroom wings, which blend building designs to offer both controlled and open access. Connectivity for multiple digital devices and energy-efficient features provide critical support for the District’s 1:1 technology initiative and sustainability goals. High efficiency HVAC systems are ultra-quiet, filtering fresh, clean air throughout classrooms for healthy learning. Large low-E view windows and skylights ensure each space is completely daylit, reducing the need for electric lights during the day—an energy-saving strategy that also provides a more inspirational learning environment.