Christopher High School, New Campus

Gilroy, California

  • FIRM

    BCA Architects


    Gilroy Unified School District

  • AREA

    235,607 sq.ft.





Christopher High School was designed as a sustainable school featuring state-of-the-art learning spaces to serve the growing community of Gilroy. It is a civic center fostering community pride.

The district and the city have created joint-use partnerships for the aquatics center and gymnasium, which increase the available state funding and provide access to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,800COST PER SQ FT$467.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress athletic facilities for public use.

Security throughout the two-story buildings is organized around a central quadrangle that serves as the “social heart” of the school. The energy-conscious design optimizes the use of daylight, natural ventilation and solar arrays. Natural stone reflects the timeless architecture reminiscent of the original building.

The school was designed in team collaboration including a “user group” committee, composed of staff from Gilroy High School, and a steering committee that includes a diverse group of community members. These committees guided the design to create a civic facility that will serve the community for the next 50 years.