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July 13, 2012

California elementary school promotes security, sustainability, and technology

The new Ford Elementary School in Richmond, Calif., was designed by Sally Swanson Architects to create a learning environment from a child’s point of view. The two-story, 68,000-sf building serving grades K-6 features 100% daylight in classrooms, insulation made from recycled blue jeans, and a two-pronged security system that allows for varying levels of access at different times of the day. Advanced technologies include closed-circuit cable and five internal-channel TVs that allow programs and teaching lessons to be recorded and replayed. The brightly colored school features windows, openings, and other architectural details that are reduced in size for children, as well as formal classroom spaces with educational play equipment and outdoor programs. Ford Elementary was built by Alten Construction, with assistance from SGI Construction Management.

         
 

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