Downtown College Prep

Conversion of a former lumber yard to serve as a K-12 charter school campus

Location:
San Jose
Owner:
DCP
Architect:
Artik Art & Architecture

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Project Summary

Two of three original buildings at an old lumber yard were re-purposed to serve as the new location for a K-12 charter school campus. This phased construction project required placement of 28 temporary modular classrooms and a restroom, utilities, perimeter fencing, and converting the former milling structure to a multipurpose room prior to the start of the school year. The gym/cafeteria/assembly building features a roll-up door, acoustical panels for noise reduction, expandable seating, collapsible projector screen, locker rooms with showers and a separate dance studio/computer arts room. In addition, a versatile sports floor was installed to allow for basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer within this confined space. The second 80,000 square foot structure was taken back to its original shell to incorporate wall-to-wall classrooms with a mezzanine and center gathering space. An expansive roll-up door has been added to allow natural light. The modulars were removed once the school year ended and the existing space was updated with a new parking lot, landscaping, hardscape, 14,000 square foot sports turf field, an outdoor gathering space/garden, bioswale and rain water retention basin, new streetlights, striping, signage and sidewalks. Downtown College Prep (DCP) was approved in 1999 as the first charter high school in Silicon Valley. The first campus opened in 2000. In 2008, DCP expanded to include middle school students as well.

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