WESTGATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Although the project scope designated structural repair of a deteriorating pre-cast facade and site improvements related to drainage, the design team was able to creatively leverage the limited budget and scope of work to address a number of additional, and very different, project priorities identified by the school and the neighborhood community.
The building is a combination of the original 1970s tilt-up
concrete tees and a highly unpopular 1990s addition of corrugated metal with numerous intense trim colors. Treatment of the patches required by the facade stabilization enabled the design team to provide a textured surfacing to better unify the two disparate facades within a budget that would otherwise not allow for wholesale facade changes.
Drainage issues offered further value added opportunities including a xeriscape hillside, hardscaped activity areas, and new decorative railing that directed circulation and queuing and modified student traffic patterns while further reinforcing facade unification.