The new facility encloses 6,000 square feet and has been designed with a distinctive low profile, so as not to obstruct ocean views from the classrooms above. The Reading Room accommodates 15,000 volumes, seats 36 students and has an accessory area with 8 computer stations. Full audio/visual capability is integrated in both the Reading Room and the Classroom. A Storytelling area arranged in a semi-circle is located off the northeast corner of the Reading Room. All building materials were selected on the basis of very low maintenance, energy efficiency and sustainability.
The Engineering Academy program is a four-year integrated course of study in physics, computer science and engineering design. The design concept was to provide a seamless interaction between Classrooms, Prototype Design and Shop Construction of Competition Robots. The building design was conceived as having a “clean” side and a “dirty” side. The “clean” side of the building includes the Conference Room, Computer Lab, Office, Mechanical Engineering Classroom and Electrical Engineering Classroom. The “dirty” side of the building focuses on the manufacturing world: the Prototype Room, Machine Shop and Robotics Arena.
Marymount Middle School - Pollock Hall
Located in the hills above the Santa Barbara Mission, this building houses Marymount’s sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. The building is approximately 15,000 square feet on three levels, and incorporates extensive site improvements to provide a stunning new middle school environment. The building was designed in the traditional Spanish revival style in response to the historic Mission area. As a private institution, Marymount is subject to the various local building and planning jurisdictions. KBZ helped guide Marymount through a three year planning process that involved extensive neighborhood outreach meetings and public relations efforts.
SBUSD Peabody Elementary School - Exploration Center
As the first phase of a series of improvements, the addition of the “Exploration Center” to a 1930’s neglected neighborhood elementary school of mixed socioeconomic classes is the first improvement in over 50 years for children and adults.The Exploration Center at Peabody Charter School consists of a building complex housing the library, science wing, and the computer lab.Designed as a dynamic and multi-use learning center for individuals and groups, this facility is for student usage during the day and community usage at all other times. An extensive collection of books and other media, as well as computer technology are incorporated into the facility.
CUSD Carpinteria Middle School - Campus Modernization
Both the Carpinteria Unified School District and the City of Carpinteria wished to preserve the main original building as an excellent example of regional period of architecture. Thus, the goals of this campus modernization project were to restore the main building and integrate additions that complimented and blended with the original design. The existing buildings were remodeled so that they met current building codes, including seismic retrofit, ADA upgrades, fire and life safety requirements. Functionality was updated to accommodate current technological needs. A new clock / bell tower was designed as a focal point and as a tangible symbol of the community’s commitment to education. The tower also provides a vertical element that breaks up the buildings length. In the lower portion of the tower, a studio for high-tech video editing and production exemplifies the design’s dual-purpose of sustaining community image, while also incorporating state-of-the-art facilities.
SBUSD Santa Barbara High School - MAD Academy
A 9,750 square foot remodel of a portion of the original Industrial Arts Building (c. 1928) at Santa Barbara High School (Santa Barbara, California) into high-tech computer labs, studios, and support spaces for the Multimedia Arts & Design Academy program. Building spaces and infrastructure designed to support the program’s curriculum of digital imaging, graphic design, web design, digital photography, video editing, and video production. Project was partially financed using C.T.E. funding.
This project consisted of a new building addition of eight classrooms, as well as two portable classroom buildings and one restroom portable building. New concrete sidewalks were added around the new building and portables, as well as a new walkway with stairs at the southwest corner, leading to the parking lot below.Site work includes an accessible path of travel, accessible parking lot, accessible path of travel between the new building and existing adjacent building and accessible site signage for path of travel.
CUSD Carpinteria High School - Culinary Arts Kitchen Remodel
Carpinteria High School has expanded and upgraded their culinary arts instruction program in conjunction with Santa Barbara City College. The original 1,380 square foot home economics classroom was remodeled to classroom space and a new 2,050 square foot culinary arts classroom was constructed. The classroom includes commercial quality kitchen equipment incorporating all aspects of the culinary arts experience.