Gilroy Unified School District's new Christopher High School in California opened its first phase this fall. The 1,800-student, 231,000-sf facility was designed with a high-density site plan that allows for both on-site sports fields and undeveloped open space. BCA Architects of Fremont, Calif., with Gilbane Building Companies as CM, collaborated with numerous user groups to plan the two-story, $94.7 million facility with a fan-shaped layout around a large central quad—destined to become the school's social center. The school's gymnasiums are joint-use facilities available for community use; an aquatic center to be built in phase two will also be open to the community.
High-density planning allows abundant open space
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In Chicago’s Lakeshore East neighborhood, GEMS World Academy Middle-Upper School, designed by bKL Architecture, is rising 13 stories. The building is set back 25 feet from the street to allow in more natural light, and features an 8,000-sf artificial turf recreation area that doubles as outdoor classroom and gathering space for its students. Its Building Team includes WSP (SE), WMA Consulting Engineers (MEP/FP), Mackie Consultants (CE), Wolff Landscape Architecture, and Power Construction (GC). bKL Architecture.
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Modern designs emphasize social and collaboration spaces outside the classroom.
G70 is the architect, planner, and civil engineer of record for the project.
The building’s programming will provide more access to the community at large.
Shepley Bulfinch designed the 75,000-sf campus.
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The LEED Platinum and Zero Net Energy Verified building minimizes energy use via its site orientation.