Boulder Creek High School is designed around a house concept, offering a school-within-a-school atmosphere. The Deer Valley Unified School District decided to pursue this option to provide students with more personalized learning. Each house has its own science lab, computer lab, restrooms and teacher planning center. Eight academic houses divide students into smaller CAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$114.58FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio communities.
Boulder Creek’s 60-acre site is bisected by a wash, providing a natural organizing element that led to placing educational buildings to the north and athletic fields to the south. The academic buildings wrap around the student courtyard, and the more public facilities rotate around the public plaza. A single curving wall connects the buildings and defines the circulation path through the campus. Boulder Creek’s state-of-the-art library serves the school and functions as a joint-use regional county library.
Academic buildings are two-story steel frame and load-bearing masonry construction. Other buildings are one-story load-bearing masonry construction. The masonry is exposed, and some areas have metal panels, thus reducing the perceived scale of the facility. Roof forms are simple and angular, and complement the curved plan.