Yerba Buena High School, Building 200

San Jose , California

The architect worked closely with East Side Union High School District, and staff and teachers at Yerba Buena High School to plan and execute a five-phase modernization project. Funded by local bond and state modernization resources, the project sought to provide an innovative, 21st-century educational atmosphere to a worn, outdated 1960s environment. The key goal was ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$209.80FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms modernize the buildings surrounding the campus’ central plaza, turning it into a visual and social focal point.

The classrooms are technologically, aesthetically and environmentally advanced. Applying the principles of universal design, the spaces become adaptable to specific needs and promote a higher standard of learning. With creative application of spatial design, color and texture, the classrooms promote the district’s objective of “achieving success through continuous improvement.”

The first phase produced a renovated science building with 12 fully outfitted science labs, classrooms and a new computer center. The second and third phases brought modernized classroom buildings with contemporary classrooms, state-of-the-art computer labs, an art room, faculty spaces and a new attendance office. In addition, all support systems were addressed to upgrade mechanical, structural, seismic, electrical and technological components.