Escondido Elementary School
Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto Unified School District
New construction/Modernization – 2000
As part of a district-wide school modernization effort, Building for Excellence, SSA collaborated with HTI Architects on several Palo Alto elementary schools. For the Escondido Elementary School main campus, originally constructed in 1960, the modernization program included seismic and ADA accessibility improvements, as well as updating the classroom environment. SSA designed new classroom buildings and outdoor recreation areas.
New technology upgrades included computer workstations and increased electrical capacity within the classrooms as well as energy upgrades that included new heating systems and lighting. The campus now has a new library facility as part of the Building for Excellence Program. Conversion and construction of the new library space occurred within an existing building; the library facility has reading and resource areas for students, as well as new computer workstations.
The new library is adjacent to surrounding classrooms so students can come directly into the library from class. This makes the new space a central feature of the campus where a variety of activities are held. The old library space was converted back into classroom, and a new classroom wing was constructed.
Architectural Design and Planning