Campbell School of Innovation

  • Project: New Construction
  • Type: TK-8
  • Completion Date: Phase 1: August 2018

Project Background

Campbell School of Innovation (CSI) offers an alternative approach to education, focusing on Design Thinking, a creative problem-solving method that uses collaboration, exploration and discovery to address real-world scenarios. To match CSI’s innovative culture with an equally innovative learning environment, Campbell Union School District (CUSD) partnered with American Modular Systems (AMS) to fast-track a custom TK-4 campus, with phased expansion to TK-8 by 2022. Four Gen7 modular buildings—two 120×40 buildings and two 108×40 buildings—deliver 18,240 SF of space, configured into student-centered learning suites with open floorplans and collaboration spaces for hands-on, project-based learning. The TK/K buildings add two transitional kindergarten classrooms and five kindergarten classrooms that open into makerspace areas, with single-occupancy restrooms in each classroom. The 1st and 2nd grade buildings have four classrooms per grade, each feeding into a central makerspace hub.

Incorporating makerspaces within multiple classroom environments is a creative solution that supports a diversity of activities in a cost-effective footprint, with interconnectivity inside and out. Sliding glass NanaWalls provide seamless passage between classrooms and makerspaces, as well as easy transition between indoor and outdoor learning areas. The campus is designed to be low-maintenance and eco-friendly, with stucco façades, ceramic tile accents and exterior glass sliders that bring in natural light and courtyard views. Large whiteboards give students space to share ideas and show their work, individually or in teams. Wipe-clean surfaces and LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) flooring, are durable and spill-proof, allowing students to design and experiment in a safe, easy-care environment. In keeping with the campus’ progressive design, CUSD plans to mount PV panels relocated from other buildings to CSI’s new Gen7s to achieve Zero Net Energy—an energy-saving strategy that will reduce annual operating costs.