The Pleasanton Ridge foothills provide the backdrop for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary School. Situated adjacent to an existing middle school, the new campus provides its K-5 students with 27 classrooms, a media center, multipurpose facility and administrative offices. Centrally located exploration and enhancement laboratories provide technology and science CAPACITY660COST PER SQ FT$166.50FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio to all grade levels. Every instructional space is equipped with its own preparation/workroom and storage facilities.
The campus’ internal circulation system also serves as a multiuse space that provides for student storage and small-group activities. These areas are provided with natural daylighting from skylight monitors and can be supervised from all classrooms through interior window arrangements. A full-service kitchen provides for the nutritional needs of students. The exterior dining shelter with a translucent roof structure provides seating for the entire student body. The facility surrounds a large outdoor gathering area and stage. Simple exterior forms and colors blend with the surrounding northern California foothills to provide an architectural presence, while serving the community and the district’s pursuit of academic achievement.