Harker, Upper School Campus
City: San Jose
Service: Master Plan
Client: The Harker School
Project Types: Private Education
Inspiring Master Plan for Upper School Campus
Topa’s Conceptual Design Master Plan for Harker’s Upper School focuses on updating the campus by removing obsolete buildings from the 1950s and replacing them with modern classrooms and student facilities to increase the functionality of the school.
A new student quad anchors the center of the campus. Inspired by dropped flower petals, the organic design is crafted through hardscaped and landscaped areas around circulation paths and seating. The student gathering space is framed on the south by the existing campus and on the north by a new classroom building with a layered roof for ventilation and light. The western side is accessed via a stepped amphitheater that leads traffic directly into the classroom building.
The eastern side of the quad funnels foot traffic from the school to the new student union building. The atrium-style L-shaped building features an abundance of windows and balconies, exterior stairs, and a roof-top garden with roof lines that curve into walls. The vibrant building will house the student government and newspaper and includes a cafeteria with outdoor dining and strategic sun shading to make the space usable year-round.
What our customers are saying
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Scott Knies, CEO
San Jose Downtown Association
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Father Joe Kim, Pastor
Saint John Vianney Parish + School
Working with TOPA has been an excellent experience. TOPA puts a great level of detail into being a great partner throughout the entire process from start to finish. TOPA’s experienced team consistently worked with great success through the ever changing construction development, permitting and design stages.
Adam Tafralis, Business Development Specialist
South Bay Construction
I had the pleasure of working with Topa Architecture on private and public property projects that serve surrounding communities. They had a mindful, informative and timely approach to navigating the City approvals process and worked with our team to fit within our budget and timeline. They patiently collaborated with us and our contractors to answer questions, resolve issues and transform our wish list into thoughtful spatial solutions for meaningful interaction in public space.
Marie Millares, Facility Director
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Parisa, Geno, Jorge & Ramiro. We went to TOPA Architecture because of their reputation for time efficiency, great work quality, and excellent communication. Jorge and his team have helped us stay on schedule with our ongoing complex and fast-paced projects.
Javier Canales, Facilities Project Manager