On foundations of pride.
A community reinvigorates through school design.
At full capacity.
HED achieved a complete symbiosis with a community and its school district to create De Anza High School. The existing campus showed the effects of fifty years of heavy use. Meanwhile, active and committed stakeholders seized the moment, taking part in meetings, workshops, and other forums and wielding great influence over the resultant design responses. Our task was to deliver a replacement campus robust enough to withstand the next fifty years, but appointed with up-to-the-minute amenities and sensitive to the mid-century style of the surrounding neighborhood.
Every corner of the neighborhood and surrounding area turned out for this project. Each department on campus had a guiding hand in contributing creative solutions. Current and former students assisted and saw the design take shape: an arrangement that allowed exterior and interior instructional opportunities finds the student ‘quad’ protected within the building boundaries to create a secure student social area. It’s now clear which are external ‘public’ functions and which are internal ‘private’ functions. An on-site public health clinic for students also has been incorporated into the fitness center overlooking the gymnasium.