Pride Academy

Project Scope

New Learning Resource Center
Santee, CA
Santee School District

“The Santee School District has been working with Debra Vaughan-Cleff and Bob Webb, owners of StudioWC Architecture and Engineering, since 2012. I have found them to be valuable partners with us for both small and large projects associated with our Capital Improvement Program.”

Karl Christensen, Assistant Superintendent Business Services, Santee School District

The new 6,000 SF Learning Resource Center, featuring a library, makerspace classroom, and support space, was designed for optimal functionality and flexibility for Pride Academy’s TK-8th grade students and staff.

The sizable new library features multiple entry points, zones for different grade levels, a centralized circulation desk for supervision, and direct access to book storage. The innovative, makerspace classroom includes pull-down power, high-tech audio-visual systems, multiple sinks, and a storage room. The spaces are divided by a folding glass wall, enhancing common core curriculum by allowing students to flow directly from research-based learning in the library into project-based activities in the makerspace.

Additional spaces are provided to address the site’s ever-changing needs for support staff. Rooms designed in a variety of sizes were provided adjacent to the makerspace, each with multiple folding glass walls to provide the utmost flexibility while maintaining line of sight for supervision. These rooms can flex as needed, either as office space, additional collaboration space for the main classroom, or a combination of both.

High ceilings with clerestory windows and floating ceilings span the length of the building, adding an architectural statement to the space and creating a cohesive, open feel. Outdoor learning areas, including a covered outdoor area dedicated to the makerspace classroom, complement the new building. Expanding the boundary of the interior spaces, these outdoor courtyards are enhanced by large shade trees, boulder rocks, and raised seat walls.


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