Groundbreaking of Fremont’s First New Elementary School in 25 Years

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Groundbreaking of Fremont’s First New Elementary School in 25 Years

09/29/17

  • Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • Lila Bringhurst Elementary School Model
  • Lila Bringhurst Elementary School Rendering

FREMONT, CALIF. — September 28, 2017 — A new community is taking shape in South Fremont. The master plan includes 111 acres of more than 2,000 urban-inspired housing units, parks, plazas, retail amenities and 1.4 million square feet of commercial office and industrial spaces.

Marking one of the first facilities in the plan to break ground, the Fremont Unified School District celebrated commencement of construction on the future Lila Bringhurst Elementary School on Sept. 28, which will be the first new public elementary school constructed in Fremont in 25 years.

The 1,100-student school and adjacent four-acre park are intended to serve as a community-building hub, unifying the urban, transit-oriented setting of the new development. QKA worked closely with the district, developer group and many other expert contributors to design a new school that harmoniously fits within the overall plan.

At the conclusion of the groundbreaking ceremony, attendees comprised of city leaders, the FUSD board, project team partners and many community members were left with a final thought credited to renowned American education reformer John Dewey: “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”

QKA embodied this philosophy when designing Lila Bringhurst.

Our design affords the teachers and students optimal environments for today’s learning methods and academic excellence, and it infuses specialized facilities like a media center, student-led learning rooms, flexible laboratories and an outdoor amphitheater. As the area’s “school of the future”, it will boast modern design and technological advancements in keeping with the Silicon Valley culture of the surrounding area. It will also maximize energy-saving strategies and efficiency features, such as optimal building orientation, daylighting, sun shading, solar panel-ready and on-site storm water treatment.

“Fremont is growing rapidly, yet it is being developed very consciously for a prosperous future,” said Mark Quattrocchi, QKA principal. “This new school serving the area’s youngest students will bring an abundance of learning possibilities. We designed this school as a family-oriented core of the development, meeting the district’s and developer’s requests for a modern, technologically-advanced school using cost-effective materials and energy-saving systems.”

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