Architects renderings and a “before and after” simulation video of Casa Roble Fundamental High School’s signature project is generating excitement in San Juan Unified.
Flint Builders and JK Architects & Engineers have been selected as the Design-Build team for Casa Roble’s future student union with a media center and administration building, and the tie between the builder and school are deep.
David Garner, senior project manager at Flint Builders, is a 1996 Casa Roble graduate and valedictorian. Also, the interior designer on the project, Stacy Auslum of the DLR Group graduated from Casa Roble in 2002. Ronald Conn, the district’s project planner/coordinator on the project is also a Casa Roble graduate.
Garner said he’s “extremely excited” to return to his high school and have the responsibility of creating a point-of-difference project.
“Our thought is that the student union is the real centerpiece of the project and that opens up to interface with the (outdoor) senior square so that it’s one large, co-mingling space,” Garner said. “And we also wanted to create a ‘front door’ to the campus that engages the public and unifies the entrance to the rest of the school.”
What that means is that the signature project is going to bring Casa Roble a new curb appeal appeal with modern school architecture to replace the current roundhouse administration building.
“Casa Roble is thrilled with the signature project concepts created by Flint and JK Architects and Engineers,” Principal Michele Lorenzo said. “We are looking forward to these wonderful campus enhancements that will provide our students with a highly accessible Student Union and improved Senior Square area.”
Planning and programming of the building will continue over the next nine months. Demolition of current space is expected to begin in winter, with a target to break ground on the new building by spring of 2019.