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De Anza High School, West Contra Costa USD
Richmond, CA
De Anza High School
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.
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HED’s design allowed the new campus to be built while keeping existing buildings operational, as the district did not want to spend bond dollars on interim classroom facilities.
Today, a once-deteriorated campus that suffered low enrollment is at full capacity and has had a waiting list for the past two years—a replaced and refreshed source of pride for its community.
HED created the district-wide high school educational specification for West Contra Costa Unified School District.
The regional park is left undisturbed in the new campus configuration, and nearby San Pablo Creek is protected and enhanced with a new retention pond and storm water treatment system.
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It’s very rewarding to see students so inspired, proud, respectful, and protective of a high quality educational environment.”
Scott Berge
Project Architect
HED
A community reinvigorates through school design.
De Anza High School, West Contra Costa USD
Richmond, CA
On foundations of pride.
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