Lincoln Street School

A Collaborative Design for Independent Study

  • Project: New School Construction and Expansion
  • Type: Independent K-8
  • Completion Date: February 2014

Project Background

For 30 years, Lincoln Street School’s goal has been to provide students with “an exemplary educational experience.” But when it came time to construct a larger building to accommodate the school’s growing enrollment, the goal grew with it. Wanting to provide space to host a variety of school and community functions, while continuing to expand and broaden the school’s independent study curriculum, the Tehama County Office of Education retained American Modular Systems (AMS) to design and install an energy-efficient modular building with modern conference capabilities. Custom-configured for a collaborative use of space, the new Gen7 building includes a training classroom, library, science lab and administrative offices, with strategically-placed folding partitions allowing reconfiguration of space.


Serving the needs of the school, the District and the community called for the building to fulfill a diversity of functions and program requirements within a compact footprint. A shared vision was essential to creating a sustainable environment that promotes the school’s academic, arts and cultural activities, while giving educators, administrators and community agencies a professional, comfortable space to conduct business.


To create a high-quality, multifunctional learning and meeting space that combines solar power, sustainable strategies and cutting-edge technology to conserve energy, reduce costs and bring new value to the community, while developing and educating students in ways that will prepare them for success in college and career.


A spacious, open design brings flexibility and functionality to a floorplan meant to multitask. Rooftop 10kW PV panels and high efficiency systems create a quieter, more energy-efficient indoor environment for students and staff. High ceilings, skylights, large, low-E view windows and an insulated glass entry door visually expand and brighten the space. Wall-mounted 16’ whiteboards and state-of-the-art communications capabilities work equally well for roundtable discussions, multimedia presentations and 21st Century learning. The striking facade is a source of community pride, painted in calm earth tones with galvanized metal wainscoting that gives the school a custom look, while complementing nearby buildings.