Andrew P. Hill High School Student Union Renovation and Expansion

The #StudentUnion #Renovation and #Expansion Project at Andrew P. Hill High School is well on its way to completion and will include a new learning center, servery, and re-envisioned gathering spaces, with easy access to student resources; expanding the building to nearly double in size. Once the old cafeteria’s transformation is complete, the modern space will feel, as ESUHSD Senior Bond Manager Julio Lucas describes, “more collegiate – and create novel qualitative combinations of sensation and feeling. Each programmed space is a separate melodic line in constant interplay with one another and are equally, and essentially, creative and practical.” This #DesignBuildProject has been rewarding and successful, thanks to our amazing partners, XL Construction and the East Side Union High School District. We are honored to be leaving a #PositiveLastingImpact on the AHHS community!

South Valley Middle School Project Update

The Construction of the new South Valley Middle School campus continues as planned. Key features of the project are a new academic zone, a Campus Commons building and a new gymnasium. The central feature of the campus is a park-like quad featuring a tiger paw rendered in turf and trees. Aedis Architects and Flint Builders, Inc. are working seamlessly together to give Gilroy Unified School District a great project, on time, and on budget.

Today, the classroom wings are nearing completion, while the Campus Commons building–including administrative functions, a larger multi-purpose assembly room, nutrition services, and a library/media center—breaks ground next week. The gymnasium will begin soon, and the community will enjoy a completed project in time for the start of school in Fall 2023.

Much like its predecessor project, Brownell Middle School, South Valley Middle was planned to support Gilroy Unified’s whole-child curriculum and to reflect a strong connection to its community. What you see is the culmination of a collaborative process with the SVMS community, Gilroy Unified School District’s administration, and the School Board. We are proud to share the successes of this Project with them all!

Prospect High School Classroom Building Project Update

The Aedis team took a tour of the Prospect High School Classroom Building Project in Saratoga to get a firsthand peek at the progress being made. The campus is undergoing big changes, including Aedis’ nearly 19,000 square foot new classroom addition, with a makerspace, and science labs. With it comes a new outdoor student courtyard space–full of shade–for casual gatherings and group study work. The project is scheduled for completion this Fall.
The project is especially exciting because it uses #CrossLaminatedTimber (#CLT)–a biophilic, environmentally sustainable building material. CLT was incorporated into the roof construction, allowing for high ceilings and natural exposed wood finishes. Additionally, large windows, skylights, roll-up garage doors, and visually interconnected classrooms will allow natural lighting to fill the classrooms. These design features create a biophilic environment, which has been proven to promote positive psychological and health benefits and a cognitive performance boost for student and faculty occupants.
Working with Campbell Union High School District on this project has been a delight. They have been a supportive, encouraging, and involved client who put the needs and welfare of the students and teachers as the top priority, ensuring that the outcome will indeed exceed everyone’s expectations. It’s an honor to leave such a #PositiveLastingImpact at Prospect High School!

Schafer Park Elementary School and Burbank Elementary School Exterior Paint

Today, we celebrate the dedication of the Hayward Unified School District in its work to maintain and preserve its valuable buildings and grounds—the all-important environments where its community’s children learn. Just in time for “Back to School,” Schafer Park Elementary School and Burbank Elementary School received new exterior paint. The new paint reinforces each school community’s pride and school spirit while its refreshed appearance demonstrates to its children, teachers, and staff that they are loved and valued. A simple paint job both supports the long-term lifecycle preservation of a school facility–which is itself a huge investment in the public trust–and delivers an additional immeasurable return on investment that lives in the hearts of the people who spend the most time in the environment–improving performance, feelings of belonging and overall happiness.#PositiveLastingImpact

Lydiksen Elementary School

Campus Modernization, Phase 2

Pleasanton Unified School District hired Aedis to facilitate an in-depth programming and design process to modernize Lydiksen Elementary School. Aedis engaged the staff and community in a Design Thinking process that delved deep into the curriculum and pedagogical goals of the school and PUSD’s aspirations to deliver #StudentCentered learning in a socio-emotionally supportive environment.

With the completion of Phase 1, we are excited to see the District’s vision begin to come to life. We are now embarking on Phase 2 of this exciting project and are honored to be part of the school’s continued transformation!

#StakeholderEngagement #SchoolModernization

Thang Do, FAIA, Design Principal Afsha Ali, AIA, Project Architect Anna Harrison, Education Planner

Delmas Residential Care Facility

San Jose, CA

On January 26, 2021, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved Aedis’ design for the Delmas Residential Care Facility, the first senior living facility to be built in Downtown San Jose in the last several decades. The project features a sophisticated and urban environment for the elders, coupled with a biophilic design with generous outdoor provisions. Aedis has been partnering with the developer Urban Catalyst to carry out extensive community outreach efforts. With their approval, members of the City Council offered some kind words to Aedis and Thang Do. 

San Mateo-Foster City School District to Act on Aedis Architects’ Recommendations Regarding HVAC and Air Filtration Improvements

On January 21, 2021, Aedis Architects presented to the San Mateo-Foster City School District its “HVAC & Air Infiltration Implementation Study”. The Board of Trustees accepted Aedis’ recommendations and unleashed nearly $130 million of Measure T funds to upgrade HVAC and air filtration in the District’s 21 schools. This work is the key to improving the comfort, health, and safety of District indoor environments in a pandemic and post-pandemic era. These recommendations also move the District toward its Board-mandated strategic objective goal: zero-net-energy.

The Aedis-led study team, which included Cypress Engineering Group and American Consulting Engineers-Electrical Inc. worked closely with the District’s maintenance staff to inventory the mechanical and electrical systems at each school. The process was fast-tracked due to the urgent need to reopen schools in the COVID-19 environment. The team evaluated an extensive range of options, factoring in the schedule, cost, energy efficiency, site constraints, future construction plans, and electrical load requirements.

Aedis completed the Study in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as the increasingly frequent climate-change-related heat waves and wildfires that have ravaged California in recent years. It outlined filtration options for indoor air quality (IAQ), considering recommendations issued in ASHRAE guidelines, the National Energy Management Institute, and other white papers published regarding IAQ, ventilation, and the COVID-19 virus. The recommendations included upgrading filtration to ASHRAE recommended MERV 13, now a California Energy Code requirement. Other technologies such as needlepoint bipolar ionization and UV-C lights were also explored, with bipolar ionization recommended to be used on a limited basis to supplement where MERV-13 is not feasible. The Study confirmed that the District-initiated installation of portable air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters for fine particle filtration was an appropriate measure to supplement built-in air filtration.

We recognize and applaud the San Mateo-Foster City School District’s leadership in transforming indoor environments to cope with the effects of the pandemic and climate change. We want to especially thank Patrick Gaffney, Chief Business Officer, Tish Busselle, Advisor to the Superintendent, and Joel Cadiz, Former Director of Facilities, who were instrumental in supporting the creation of the report and providing us with meaningful and timely feedback.

Parkside Elementary Grand Opening

Pittsburg, CA

We are thrilled to congratulate Parkside Elementary in Pittsburg, CA on their ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. We were fortunate to lead the charge in the design of this ZNE school, complete with LED lights, solar panels, efficient AC units, and ceiling fans on an all-electric campus. The school did an exceptional job hosting a virtual grand opening which included speeches, pre-recorded interviews (our very own Pascal Najem had important information to add!) and even a virtual school tour.

The link to their virtual event can be found here.

Brownell Middle School & School Safety

The layout of a school campus, plus the design of its buildings and grounds can contribute to the safety of a school. The recommendations outlined within the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) guide take several factors into account in a safe school, and it turns out that a school does not have to look or feel like a prison to be safe. Quite the opposite.  Many of the best practices in designing a safe school can and will also contribute to its effectiveness as a learning environment. CPTED recommendations start with community engagement to aid in education and widespread buy-in on a proposed design. The design begins with the idea of a “defensible space” and the deterrence of potential offenders before committing criminal acts. The following represent just some of the factors that an architect must consider in creating a safe school:

  • Approach and entry configuration
  • Appropriate site location
  • Landscaping
  • Supervision, views, cameras
  • Fences, gates, locks, keys, alarms
  • Windows: location, and type

Other strategies that affect the behaviors of potential offenders include the overall appearance and condition of a school site. A school that appears run-down and vulnerable will invite more vandalism and an assortment of crimes. Also, an active school site with non-school-related functions occurring on-site increases the potential of crime detection and will act as a deterrent. CPTED strategies are most successful when the design process includes the combined efforts of the architect team, owners/operators, community participants, and law enforcement professionals.

K-12 Mass Timber Project – APPROVED!

It is with great excitement we share that our first K-12 Mass Timber project has been approved by DSA and will soon be under construction. Prospect High School, in Campbell Union High School District, will soon be transformed with the addition of two, single story buildings and approximately 1.5 acres of site work that will seamlessly connect with the existing campus and add approximately 20,000 SF of indoor and outdoor learning areas.

The importance of nature and biophilia for student health and wellness was a major focus for this project and the designs truly reflect that commitment. A strong indoor-outdoor connection was woven into the design, and Cross Laminated Timber, a natural, renewable, sustainable, and low carbon footprint material, was used for the roof structure. It creates a warm, pleasant and biophilic space that promotes an increase in student performance as well as boosts the energy level and overall well-being of the occupants. The classroom project is estimated to be completed and ready for the 2022-23 school year.

Project highlights include:

  • Spacious classrooms, Makerspaces and Science labs with large covered, outdoor collaboration spaces for extended learning
  • Exposed CLT roof deck with high ceilings
  • Large skylights to maximize daylight