Citti Academy

San Bernardino, California

Citti’s innovative project-based curriculum promotes collaboration, co-creation and concept mastery. Teachers and students collaborate on real-world projects in this theme-based interdisciplinary studies program. The design supports the facilitation of multiple learning styles simultaneously. An existing shipping warehouse creates a dynamic environment to inspire students ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$172.00FEATURED IN2017 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Work in Progress teachers.
Key design elements:
• Multipurpose commons for daily collective meetings and multiple learning activities
• Learning pods and advisory clusters, defined by mobile millwork walls, replace traditional classrooms
• Seminar rooms, small group rooms, labs with outdoor learning terraces, culinary arts studio with student-run smoothie bar and a media resource perch
Ample daylighting increases student engagement in an expansive double-height space. Open spaces are articulated into purposeful zones with enhanced acoustics and flexible furniture to create an experience that emulates the workplace and higher-education environments. Smaller nooks and perches provide spaces for respite and working independently.
Reinforced masonry walls provide thermal mass. Garden courtyards are used for night flushing. Composite trusses provide clear spans for easy reconfiguration of pods. The mechanical system is a variable refrigerant system.