Central Middle School

Central Middle School

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New Two-Story Classroom Building

San Carlos School District | San Carlos, CA
600 students | 44,000 sf

An early adopter of 21st Century learning concepts, Central Middle School’s new classrooms were designed to be flexible and adaptable so that they can support changes in the way they are used throughout a school year and over the life of the facilities. QKA arranged the classrooms in pairs with shared break-out spaces and operable partitions to create Learning Suites, which connect to two large indoor Learning Commons. The building also includes dedicated spaces for science and arts instruction and a Tinker Lab specifically designed to support project-based learning and maker education.

While fully integrated with technology, enhanced acoustics and daylighting, the building was designed and constructed on a fast track timeline. QKA and the project team pre-fabricated the majority of the facility components off site, which minimized the on-site construction impact for students and staff and allowed for full project completion in less than 14 months.


  • Adaptable Classrooms
  • Maker Space
  • STEM
  • Folia 


The collaborative team delivered outstanding results in creating a 21st century learning environment built in a highly effective and efficient manner. Students, faculty and administrators love their new learning space. Robert Porter, Chief Operations Officer of San Carlos School District