Union School District

Alta Vista Elementary, Lietz Elementary, Oster Elementary

  • Project: Modernization and Expansion
  • Type: K-6
  • Completion Date Phase 1: August 2017
  • Completion Date Phase 2: December 2017/January 2018

Project Background

As part of a Districtwide initiative to increase its STEAM focus, Union School District (USD) retained American Modular Systems (AMS) to design and install new facilities for makerspace and STEAM programming at all six USD elementary schools. Modeling the new K-6 STEAM buildings after the Gen7 STEM building at USD’s Dartmouth Middle School, AMS created a high performance 56’ x 36’ classroom wing that is DSA-approved for fast, affordable installation on campuses throughout the District. Each STEAM building features two Gen7 permanent modular classrooms, a streamlined design with the flexibility to support 21st century teaching and learning in a variety of ways to meet each school’s unique needs. Phase 1 buildings opened to students at Alta Vista, Lietz and Oster elementary schools in August 2017; Phase 2 buildings are scheduled to open at Noddin and Guadalupe in December 2017, with Carlton completing the project in January 2018.

All six buildings blend state-of-the-art sustainability with embedded IT capabilities that engage students through collaboration and information sharing. Classrooms are fully networked to power multiple digital devices, with greenscreen broadcasting rooms to inspire innovative and creative project-based learning. Interior and exterior clear glass NanaWalls slide open and closed as needed, maximizing flexibility within and between classrooms, as well as providing fluidity between indoors and out. The NanaWalls allow  separate classrooms to be combined for larger group learning while bringing natural ventilation and extensive daylight to each space—an energy-saving benefit that ensures superior indoor air quality and greater student comfort. Durable, low-maintenance surfaces, like polished concrete floors and markerboard walls, work with acoustical ceilings and quiet, high-efficiency HVAC systems to contain sound—a must for multifunctional makerspaces where young students are encouraged to create.