Dougherty Valley High School

San Ramon, California

Dougherty Valley High School spreads over 54 acres, occupies 349,000 square feet, and is designed carefully to support the San Ramon district’s educational philosophy and standards. It offers 80 high-tech classrooms; a performing-arts center with a 600-seat auditorium; and state-of-the-art athletic facilities, including a gymnasium, softball fields, tennis courts ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,400COST PER SQ FT$345.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio an Olympic-size swimming pool. It also has a commons building with a library and cafeteria, all-weather field, and 2,800-seat outdoor stadium.

The school was designed to fit with and enhance the overall feel of the surrounding residential community. With the community’s rapid growth, the school had to be built quickly or the district’s existing facilities would have been strained beyond capacity. Construction was completed in just 16 months—five months less than scheduled originally—and within budget.

Despite the accelerated pace, quality never was sacrificed. Dougherty Valley incorporates the most advanced techniques and technology available in school construction today. The campus is as functional as it is beautiful. The design, color choices and materials create an inviting atmosphere for students and staff while maximizing safety with minimal supervision. Outside access is restricted to a controlled entry gate at the front of the school.

Students had significant say in the school’s design. Their suggestions about safety, wider hallways and lockers for today’s backpacks, and shorter distances between buildings, all were incorporated. The campus is organized so that all student buildings except the athletic facilities are situated around the main quad, which strengthens the communal feel of the school.

The campus is equipped to support a wide variety of extracurricular activities. From the library to the athletic facilities to the classrooms, students have the most advanced technology available.