Newark Unified School District
New Technology Center
The design team's challenge was to provide a state-of-the-art technology center that addresses the expanding student population and offers an advanced and creative learning environment. This 24,500 square-foot facility complements all academic areas of the campus by offering a learning environment that caters to the latest developments in electronic technology and creative media. The hub of this facility is a large flexible Technology Lab. This facility can be tailored to the creative needs of science, mathematics, electronics, music and other interested disciplines. An adjacent audio/visual studio provides students the opportunity to learn studio production techniques including film, video, and audio editing.
Student Center • cafeteria
modernization and expansion
The planning process included open workshops and the active pursuit of opinions from the facility’s primary users – the students. The result was a list of priorities and mandates for the project design. The success of this project is best demonstrated by its newfound popularity with students as the ‘go-to spot’ on campus. The project’s success is also measured by its flexibility of use from large-scale academic classes to its high-octane night-time school dances. The community utilizes this facility extensively due to its flexibility for accommodating large-scale instructional and socializing capabilities. The integrated design of audio-video systems caters to both academic and social gatherings. The use of fully integrated data and delivery technology, along with the very large-scale projection screen, provides for community services only once imagined.
New Student Events Center
Students, staff and community were all involved in the needs assessment and the vision of this important community asset. The planning process included open workshops and the active pursuit of opinions from the facility’s primary users – the students and community members. The Community Events Center’s existence is a tribute to community sponsorship and the campus’ cooperative relationship with surrounding civic and corporate entities. This 47,480 s.f., 180 ft. clear-span structure reflects the need to implement a major facility within a community that demanded a dignified and respectful, yet energetic architectural statement. The need for multi-purpose and flexible space resulted an upper level with reverse collapsing bleachers. These bleachers are open for major main floor events and collapse (back to front) for upper level activities. The community and campus jointly utilize this facility extensively due to its flexibility for accommodating more than the entire student body. The facility has over 2,500 seats in a main events configuration.