Bakersfield Adult School, The Job Spot

Bakersfield, California

  • FIRM

    Radian Design Group


    Bakersfield Adult School

  • AREA

    5,900 sq.ft.





The Job Spot was designed to serve communities of socioeconomic need as a “one-stop shop” for educational and employment resources. This 21st-century learning space was designed to encourage creativity amongst students, staff, and service providers.
The facility needed to be strategically situated in a high-traffic area with public transportation options. The site was ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$87.00FEATURED IN2018 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCareer Centers accessible and had the potential to serve a variety of students, service providers, and community organizations in a collaborative environment. From a design perspective, the building was a “blank canvas;” that enabled the Bakersfield Adult School design team, Principal Mark Wyatt and Assistant Principal Jodi Loeffler, to work with the architect to maximize usage far beyond the original scale.
The goal was to develop an educational “maker space” that encouraged collaboration. The two skills labs are sleek in design and provide the latest instructional technology in a minimalist setting. The furniture emphasizes agility and can be reconfigured in minutes from a traditional setting to any grouped setting. By design, the collaborative work areas have an urban, industrial feel with finished concrete floors and an exposed ceiling. The common area also uses modular pod work stations in order to serve up to a dozen providers at any one time. One particular challenge was designing a space for educators that did not encourage “nesting” and instead promoted a communal gathering place for educators and students.
The finished facility has been a tremendous success and provides new educational opportunities to the Bakersfield community. The long-term success of The Job Spot will depend on its ability to react quickly to the shifting needs of the modern economy. Critical to the design is long-term sustainability through adaptability, which makes The Job Spot a truly “transformational” space.