Willow Elementary Child Care
Charter Oak Unified School District / Glendora, CA
Upgrading facilities in the Charter Oak Unified School District (COUSD) started with construction of a new Child Care Center at Willow Elementary, followed by a Learning Resource Center (LRC) at Washington Elementary. Partnering with American Modular Systems (AMS) for both projects allowed the District to increase efficiencies by using similar materials, finishes and design elements for the two buildings. Originally envisioned as conventional construction, the LRC plans were modularized to recreate the vision in a high performance Gen7 building, shortening the timeline and creating a cohesive look by matching the LRC’s exterior to the hybrid stucco façade of the adjacent child care building. Replicating Washington’s Gen7 LRC design on other Charter Oak campuses allowed AMS to create a stockpile DSA approval for three additional Gen7 LRC projects, making it possible for COUSD to expedite its LRC rollout more cost-effectively.
Both Gen7 buildings are flex-designed and highly sustainable, ideal for young children who learn better in a naturally-lit, clean-air environment. The 2,400-square-foot child care building is divided into two open classrooms, separated by shared restrooms and staff workspace. The 3,840-square-foot LRC design features a main student resource center/library, surrounded by a workroom/meeting area, speech therapy room, psychologist’s office and staff and student restrooms. Eco-friendly materials include durable MCT flooring in the learning and specialty spaces, with easy-clean ceramic tile walls and floors in the restrooms. High-efficiency I-TEC HVAC systems are equipped with clean-air filtration for superior IAQ and closeted for ultra-quiet performance—beneficial for learning, as well as occupant health and comfort. To increase energy savings, the Washington LRC was oriented for roof-mounted PV panels, a payback strategy that will be repeated at future Gen7 LRC buildings.