King Elementary School

King Elementary School

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Elementary School Replacement

West Contra Costa Unified School District
Richmond, Calif.

  • Completion Date: August 2011
  • Square Footage: 57,700 (Modernization)
  • Final Project Cost: $17.1M

Located in the heart of Richmond, the replacement of the aging King Elementary School was part of a $500 million bond program aimed at modernizing and replacing many of the district’s campuses. The existing pod school had no walls between classrooms, very few windows, and was partially below grade, creating a dark and chaotic learning environment.

In contrast, the new school is a daylight-filled building with spaces that support the district’s educational program with learning environments such as large flexible classrooms, small group instruction areas and a reading rotunda with a large dome skylight in the library. The library is located at the heart of the school and serves as an anchor to the central courtyard. King Elementary is a California Division of the State Architect High Performance School (DSA HPS), featuring energy efficient mechanical systems, storm water runoff controls, and recycled building materials.


  • Elementary School
  • Modernization
  • Campus Modernization
  • School Replacement
  • Classrooms
  • Library
  • CHPS Designed & DSA High Performance School (HPS)