Educare California at Silicon Valley
Located on the Santee Elementary School campus, Educare of Silicon Valley (ECSV) serves as a model for early childhood development, providing a progressive Head Start program for children in underserved communities in Santa Clara County. Built by American Modular Systems (AMS), in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Franklin-McKinley School District and the Educare Network, ECSV provides a quality early learning experience for at-risk children, as well as ECE teacher training and development. The new Gen7 modular facilities are custom-designed to accommodate 168 infant-to-age-five children in multiple indoor and outdoor learning spaces, including 12 state-of-the-art classrooms, restrooms, laundry facilities and designated areas for offices and storage.
Originally designed to be stick-built, ECSV was envisioned as a showpiece building for the Santa Clara community, as well as the flagship for Educare California. When budgetary and scheduling challenges made modular construction more feasible, AMS worked with the project’s architect to adapt the initial design into a custom Gen7 design. The innovative solution features three prefabricated classroom wings supported by three polygon pods that unobtrusively house laundry, lavatories and storage—all designed for aesthetic uniformity with a conventional administration building. Blending an airy, open design with high performance features and technology, the ECSV Gen7s offer natural light, superior air quality and thermal comfort in a creative, energy-efficient learning environment that meets multifunctional needs.