Alameda Unified School District Celebrates Completion of Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School Modernization and Revitalization

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Alameda Unified School District Celebrates Completion of Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School Modernization and Revitalization

09/02/21

  • Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School
  • Encinal Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Alameda, Calif., Sept. 1, 2021 – Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) recently celebrated the completion of extensive modernization projects across its Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School (EJSHS) campus, including a new waterfront classroom building, campus-wide sustainability improvements and upgraded infrastructure. District staff and faculty were joined by Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, designer Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) and builder Lathrop Construction Associates (Lathrop) for the ribbon cutting. The event embraced the campus’s 1950s origins with various historic references and showcased the next generation learning facilities through student- and staff-led tours following the ceremony.

“During this last long and difficult year, the continued progress on the Encinal campus has been a bright spot,” said AUSD Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi. “I’d like to thank the design and construction team for their remarkable work in transforming this campus, our staff and families for their patience during construction, and I’d also like to thank the community, once again, for their support of Bond Measure I, allowing these necessary improvements to move forward.”

EJSHS’ transformation includes a new classroom building overlooking the San Francisco Bay, three fully modernized classroom buildings, updated science education facilities and student gathering spaces. The project also saw the removal of portable classrooms and an overhaul to critical infrastructure such as fire alarms, PA systems, phones, clocks and campus power systems. Taking full advantage of the school’s picturesque location, QKA updated the campus’s layout to feature outdoor learning spaces and basketball courts, adding new landscaping and functional student gathering areas to an improved campus entrance.

Sustainability was a consideration throughout the design process for both responsible resource management and occupant health considerations. New HVAC infrastructure was installed to optimize ventilation across the entirety of the campus, improving indoor air quality. With special attention to providing classroom occupants natural light without added heat gain or harsh glare, sun shading was considered for classrooms and corridors aided by deep overhangs, covered balconies, clerestories and sunshades on building exteriors.

“The complete renovation and new construction at EJSHS improves the school’s facilities in a way that utterly transforms this beautiful and historic campus,” said QKA Founding Principal Mark Quattrocchi, FAIA. “It was a pleasure to collaborate with district staff and our partners at Lathrop to create sustainable, next generation learning environments that will impact generations of future Encinal students.”

EJSHS students and staff, who returned to their updated campus part-time in the spring, will be able to take full advantage of the new and upgraded facilities with the return of full-time in-person learning this fall.  

About Alameda Unified School District 

Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) serves more than 9600 students in Alameda, California, an island community in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit the AUSD website, follow @AUSDNews on Twitter, or subscribe to our email communications. Questions? Contact Susan Davis, Senior Manager, Community Affairs, at sdavis@alamedaunified.org.

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