Union School District Elementary Schools

Union School District Elementary Schools

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New STEAM Makerspaces on Six School Sites

Union School District
San Jose, Calif.

  • Completion Date: December 2017
  • Square Footage: 3,920 (New Construction) / 400 (Modernization)
  • Final Construction Cost: $8M

The six elementary schools in the Union School District lacked adequate space for hands-on learning and makerspace activities. To solve this problem, QKA designed an identical 1,920 square foot STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) building on each school site that links to each school’s existing Media Center via the creation of a new outdoor learning area. These outdoor learning spaces allow maker activities to be conducted outside, as well as provide space for individual, small group, and large group activities.

On the interior, each STEAM building is designed for flexibility, utilizing operable partitions to create either one large classroom or two separate activity spaces, a green screen/breakout space, moveable furniture, and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open up to the outdoor learning area. Additionally, the buildings were specially designed to be sustainable – equipped to be energy-efficient, they feature natural lighting, high quality indoor air and acoustics, and optimal thermal comfort.


  • Elementary School
  • New Construction
  • Modernization
  • Makerspace
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Modular