Sequoia High School

Redwood City, California

  • FIRM

    DES Architects + Engineers


    Sequoia Union High School District

  • AREA

    265,000 sq.ft.





The new academic classroom wing at Sequoia High School features Mission-style red tile roofs, terra-cotta walls, archways and gateways compatible with the architecture of the historic 105-year-old campus. Materials used were cement plaster, steel frame and insulated windows.

The classroom wing is sited at the end of an existing 500-foot-long landscaped mall. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$152.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio is integrated into an existing grove of trees, and wraps around a new plaza/amphitheater, creating a unique open-air space for informal student gatherings and outdoor teaching activities.

The new academic wing is approximately 8,200 square feet. Seven classrooms, a staff support room and student restroom facilities were required by the client.

The classrooms are designed for maximum flexibility in teaching method and technology utilization. Classroom spaces are designed to have breakout areas for group work activity. One classroom accommodates and supports the technology for a 30-student computer laboratory. All classrooms have large, insulated windows, and teacher’s offices have a clerestory supplying abundant natural light.

The variety of learning spaces available provides educators with options and flexibility in teaching students.

Photographer: ©Donna Kempner Photography