Alameda Unified School District

Alameda Unified School District

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Master Planning for 15 Elementary, Middle and High Schools

Alameda Unified School District
Alameda, Calif.

  • Number of Schools: 15
  • Completion Date: August 2014

Aging facilities, changing demographics and long overdue upgrades to meet 21st century educational standards created a need for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) to develop a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (FMP) for its 15 schools. In addition to assessments of its administration and teaching spaces, a critical goal of the plan was to determine if the closed, but community beloved, 100,000-square-foot 1924 Historic Alameda High School could be seismically upgraded and returned to student use. QKA worked closely with a diverse stakeholder group, comprised of school faculty and representatives, as well as heavily engaged members of the community, to identify and prioritize the improvement needs for all AUSD elementary, middle and high schools. Over the course of six months, nearly 60 design committee meetings were held at each school site.

The resulting FMP was comprised of thorough improvement recommendations, including: replacing of some classroom buildings and enlarging others to accommodate support and breakout spaces, relocating administration offices to improve security, and repurposing underutilized buildings for art spaces and STEM labs. To the community’s pleasure, the master planning process recommended that AUSD seismically retrofit and restore the Historic Alameda High School – a registered Historical Landmark built in 1924 – to safely provide classrooms with modern amenities and a new science wing.