Eastvale STEM Academy

Eastvale, California

Corona-Norco Unified School District selected LPA to design a new STEM Academy at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, California. The academy will provide new classrooms to accommodate the student population growth and specialized learning environments to support the district’s Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.

The collaboration between the interior program and exterior spaces will allow for learning to happen everywhere. Students can flow directly from their flexible classroom to exterior learning spaces equipped with writable wall surfaces for outdoor instruction, work tables and open space to allow for experiments and lab work while the campus quad will house an open-air amphitheater adjacent to the student union.

As a structure that will house engineering and science specialties, it was important to choose a structural system that not only performed well during a seismic event, but also allowed for open, collaborative spaces. The frames system will provide sufficient ductility for the structure, while also providing the open areas needed for interaction and collaboration. The site will incorporate bioretention areas and bioswales, allowing students to see and understand the concepts of stormwater quality. The project is envisioned to be constructed in two phases with phase one starting in summer 2016 and completion in summer 2017, and the completion of phase two in summer 2018.

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