REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. The 400 students in the Bayshore Elementary School District, located in the shadow of the Cow Palace, moved into The Bayshore School, a new education center outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and designed to inspire a love of learning. Envisioned as an anchor for this Daly City neighborhood, the school will hold an official ribbon-cutting on Saturday, September 30th at 10:00 a.m. at 155 Oriente Street in Daly City, to share this beautiful facility with the entire community.
“Community support, a district willing to take an innovative approach, an architect with an inspired vision, and a builder committed to meeting seemly impossible deadlines have resulted in an amazing school that will embrace students so they can achieve their dreams,” according to Dr. Audra Pittman, Superintendent, Bayshore Elementary School District.
The new two-story PK-8 school offers 47,000 square feet of learning space, including a multi-purpose room with both an indoor and outdoor stage, a makerspace, learning resource center and two Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) laboratories. All classrooms have interactive white boards, smart televisions and flexible seating. Outdoor areas have turf for playing and learning environments for project-based learning.
Previously, students had been housed in two schools, originally built in the 1930’s and 1950’s with very little updating. The district serves a high need population with 70 percent of the students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, and 80 percent identified as foster youth, English language learners, or socioeconomically disadvantaged. “Working with BCA Architects, I realized that modernizing these two older schools would not give students the learning environment that they deserved,” said Pittman. “Thinking outside the box, we determined that by selling one school site, we could build a brand new PK-8 school that would provide the very best educational opportunities for these children.”
“This community values education so highly that voters passed two bonds to make this project possible; the first bond had an over 80 percent pass rate, the highest in the state for the November 2014 election,” said Pittman. “Additionally, collaboration with Daly City and San Mateo County Housing Authority helped moved this project forward.”
Landmark Construction, based in Loomis, CA., built the school in 15 months, which included demolishing the old elementary school, building a temporary campus on the other school site, and constructing the new modern campus. “This is the finest building within miles,” said Joe Bittaker, President of Landmark Construction. “The architectural magic of this school will transform this community and offer an amazing learning environment for students. The gentle curves of the building, outdoor classroom balconies with Bay views, and floor to ceiling day lighting are stunning.”
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