Lakewood Elementary School
- Project: Modernization and Expansion
- Type: K-5
- Completion Date: Phase One: September 2014; Phase Two: August 2015
Lakewood Elementary is a California Distinguished School, dedicated to developing forward-thinking problem-solvers. As part of a greater modernization program, SESD retained American Modular Systems (AMS) to construct new state-of-the-art facilities, including three Gen7 classroom wings and student/staff restrooms in Phase One of construction, followed by a new kindergarten building in Phase Two. The nucleus of the school’s campus, the ten solar-powered elementary classrooms were the first built in Gen7’s new 28’x36’ squaretangle design, complete with rooftop PV panels, a high efficiency HVAC system and extensive daylighting—a reflection of SESD’s commitment to renewable technologies and energy conservation.
In keeping with Gen7’s hands-on approach to learning, AMS worked with Lakewood staffers to turn the pouring of the building’s concrete foundation into the school’s Problem of the Month. Working from project blueprints, 3rd – 5th graders calculated the building’s perimeter, area and volume, used their calculations to estimate the amount and cost of concrete needed, then compared their estimates to actual amounts used onsite. The building of their Gen7 classrooms helped students use applied mathematics to solve real-world problems—a lesson integrated into Lakewood’s curriculum as students use Gen7’s data monitoring system to measure and manage their classroom’s energy production and consumption throughout the year.