Cunha Intermediate School

Cabrillo Unified School District

The project modernizes an existing school site with buildings dating from 1938. The plans included site improvements such as on-site parking and drop off (previously unaccommodated), outdoor teaching and performance areas, improved student flow, landscaping and security.

The project includes a state-of-the-art, two-story, 18-classroom building with a new library/media center integrating many sustainable design features. Provisions for installation of a future rooftop solar array. The new buildings include the latest A/V education technology and distance learning systems, and house the campus’ art and music programs.

Renovations of the existing buildings, including two on the local Historic Register, provide for computer labs, refurbished PE locker rooms, gymnasium facilities and expanded administration areas. The renovations seek to utilize existing square footage more efficiently and to bring the older facilities into greater conformance with seismic and sustainability standards.

KEY ELEMENTS

Efficient use of an undersized site and inefficiently utlilized buildings

Compliance with Coastal Act requirements and Historic Building guidelines

New classroom building achieves 28 points on the CHPS scorecard


“What these students can look forward to is careful design. The new buildings boast impressive green design features… The project directors paid careful attention to detail, attempting to create the best possible environment for student learning.”

– Alyssa J. O’Brien, Source: Coast Views Magazine

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