Thomas Edison Language Institute

  • Project: Modernization and Expansion
  • Type: K-8
  • Completion Date: August 2015

Project Background

The conversion from a traditional elementary school to a dual immersion Spanish program has been a catalyst for rapid growth at Thomas Edison. Over-capacity demand prompted the San Juan Unified School District to partner with American Modular Systems (AMS) to design and build two 21st Century classroom wings to accommodate an additional 200 students over the next two years. Phase I of the multi-year expansion project included three Gen7 modular classrooms and boys/girls restroom facilities, fast-tracked to satisfy the school’s immediate wait list needs for the 2015-2016 school year

The permanent new Gen7 building delivers both energy and cost savings, making it a sound long-term investment for the District and a healthy learning environment for students. Constructed from durable, environmentally responsible materials, the building requires minimal maintenance, reducing operation, repair and replacement costs over its 50-year lifecycle. Large, operable low-E windows provide abundant daylighting, working with a natural ventilation system to filter in fresh, clean air that ensures comfort, with less need for air conditioning. A custom overhang prevents overheating and glare inside the classroom, while providing protection from the elements outside. Premium acoustics keep the new Gen7s 50% quieter than a typical classroom, assuring a bright, quiet environment conducive to learning.