Lydiksen Elementary School
When Lydiksen Elementary needed to expand to keep up with its growing student population, Pleasanton Unified School District in California turned to Aedis Architects and Element for answers. Both firms are LEED certified and jointly welcomed two challenging assignments: one a retrofit and modernization, the other new construction of an outdoor campus structure. These projects fell under the jurisdiction and stringent oversight of the California Division of the State Architect.
The first assignment was the transformation of an existing, octagonal, single-story classroom into the school’s administrative building. The retrofit included division of space to accommodate several offices, as well as voluntary seismic upgrades.
The second assignment was the design and construction of a 3,000 square-foot, V-shaped outdoor shade structure. Using structural steel for the main frame, the cantilevered column design utilized cross-laminated timber which allows for a smaller carbon footprint. This aesthetically pleasing addition created a shaded lunch area that offered children protection from the weather, while extending their opportunities to be outside for enhanced learning and recreation.
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