Paradise Valley Engineering Academy

  • Project: Modernization and Expansion
  • Type: K-6
  • Completion Date: August 2017

Project Background

In 2016, the Morgan Hill Unified School District (MHUSD) began transitioning Paradise Valley Elementary School into Paradise Valley Engineering Academy, committing Measure G bond funds for facility improvements and IT infrastructure to support and grow an engineering-focused curriculum for the school’s K-6 students. Following successful completion of the San Martin/Gwinn Environmental Science Academy, MHUSD again partnered with  American Modular Systems to create an energy-efficient, CHPS-compliant classroom building with the flexibility and technology to support project-based STEM learning across multiple disciplines and grade levels—key goals for the progressive District. Two new Gen7 permanent modular buildings are the centerpiece of the newly renovated campus, providing six open-concept classrooms that accommodate both group and individual project work in a healthy, high performance environment designed for student comfort and academic success.

The upgraded design features ceramic tilework on the exterior façade and doors painted the school’s signature blue—custom touches that give the modernized campus its own identity. One 100’ x 32’ wing and a slightly smaller 90’ x 32’ wing are sited in an L-shaped configuration, connected by wide pedestrian walkways, with large view windows looking out to a grassy commons with landscaped seating areas. The energy-efficient low-E windows pair with Solatube skylights to spread natural light throughout the classrooms, giving students a pleasant, productive learning environment while reducing the need for electric lights—a significant cost savings for the District. A natural ventilation system with enhanced air filtration, easy-clean surfaces and a lab sink with ample counterspace create a safe, low-maintenance lab setting for STEM projects and science experiments. A wall of built-in cabinetry and colorful storage cubbies provide space for stashing student Chomebooks, equipment and supplies.