Alternative High School Renovation
Santa Rosa, Calif.
- Completion Date: August 2017
- Square Footage: 6,000 (Modernization)
The 6,000-square-foot campus required the complete renovation of a former office building. The Next Generation Learning (NGL) Academy challenges the norms of traditional high school learning concepts and environments by fostering the skills and interests of each individual student through various types of learning methods, including student-driven exploration. In fact, the high school operates without actual classrooms.
In order to create a campus that would achieve these goals, QKA created a variety of interconnected learning spaces that would be able to accommodate different activities. There is a large open “Café” that supports large group meetings and presentations, as well as students working alone or in groups in a casual setting. This space is supported by seminar and conference rooms of various sizes for activities that require a bit more privacy and focus. The project also includes a makerspace for more hands-on and active learning activities and a Library area for quiet study. Technology and flexible furniture was used throughout the project to support ever-changing needs and growth related to student capacity, curriculum and programs. The school will eventually have the capacity to serve up to 250 students from around the community.
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