Harker, Lower School Campus
City: San Jose
Service: Master Plan
Client: The Harker School
Project Types: Private Education
Planning for the Future on Harker’s Lower School Campus
Topa’s Conceptual Design Master Plan for The Harker School’s Lower School provides additional learning spaces to ease current and future growth. Facilitating the reorganization is the removal of an obsolete multi-purpose building on the north end of the plan that houses an outdated library and music classrooms and divides the main access points to the school. This change opens many new possibilities for the campus.
A priority for the newly acquired space is to reduce the backflow of traffic during peak times. The master plan expands the pick-up and drop-off area and improves circulation. The change opens up space for a dedicated kindergarten wing on the west side of the campus with easy stacking and secure access. A new Welcome Center near the drop-off area acts as a secure gateway for the campus and visitor check-in. Adding an elementary classroom wing to the northeast end of the main building provides additional lower classrooms for growth.
On the southern end of the campus, a new multi-purpose building allows for an expansion of the school’s programming. It includes a modern, multi-functional library, a kitchen with servery and dining space, and music classrooms with formalized outdoor practice space. The building’s design is colorful, with a lot of natural light.
This elaborate reshuffling and layering of spaces remove obstacles to growth for the campus’s future.
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