Sycamore Canyon School

Project Scope

New Learning Resource Center and Child Care Facility
Santee, CA
Santee School District

The 6,000 SF Learning Resource Center at Sycamore Canyon School is designed to serve the school’s TK-6th grade student population, providing a new library, classroom, and support spaces. The design features high ceilings with clerestory windows and floating ceilings that span the length of the building. These components, combined with an open layout adds an architectural statement to the space and creates a cohesive, open feel.

The sizable new Library space features multiple entry points, various grade-level appropriate zones, a centralized circulation desk for supervision, and direct access to storage. Common core curriculum is enhanced as the library space connects to a large, flexible makerspace classroom, both physically and visually, using a folding glass wall to divide the spaces. With this concept, students could flow directly from research-based learning in the library into project-based activities in the makerspace. The need for support spaces is ever-changing, so there are several smaller spaces adjacent to the makerspace, provided by folding glass walls as well to provide the utmost flexibility and maintain line of sight supervision. This concept allows the rooms to fluctuate as needed, either as office space, additional collaboration space for the main classroom, or a combination of both.

The new 5,000 SF preschool and childcare building includes three individual classrooms, interior student restrooms, and a small kitchen.

Further enhancing these new buildings is the inclusion of various outdoor learning spaces. Garden areas with raised planters are located on each side of the LRC building, encouraging outdoor learning and expanding the site’s gardening program.


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