Wade Thomas Elementary School

  • Project: Modernization and Expansion
  • Type: K-5
  • Completion Date: August 2015

Project Background

The Ross Valley School District is committed to upgrading aging infrastructure to meet 21st Century learning needs districtwide. Allocating funds from California’s Bond Measure A, RVSD retained American Modular Systems (AMS) to replace outdated portables at Marin County’s Wade Thomas Elementary with two wings of permanent, high quality learning space. The L-shaped prefabricated building optimizes the site plan, adding three state-of-the-art Gen7 classrooms and a set of boys/girls restrooms with janitorial area. The customized two-tone façade updates the historic 1940s campus—one of San Anselmo’s oldest—pulling modern and mature buildings into a cohesive whole.

Gen7’s high performance systems make sustainability part of the curriculum—a key feature for a school whose students and faculty are dedicated to making energy efficiency central to their everyday lives. Constructed of recycled, low-emission materials, each Gen7 classroom teaches students hands-on conservation practices, school-to-home lessons that inspire families to lessen their environmental impact. Gen7’s Thermal Displacement Ventilation—a priority for RVSD—ensures superior indoor air quality and thermal comfort year-round. High efficiency systems, natural daylighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures support the school’s energy- and water-saving efforts, making Wade Thomas a healthy, earth-friendly environment for occupants and a source of pride for the community.