Creekside Middle School

Client: Patterson Joint Union School District
Services Provided: Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: Patterson, CA
Project Size: 97,079 sf
Capacity: 1,000 students with planned growth of 1,300; Grades 6-8
Completion Date: September 2002  (Gymnasium 2003) 
Sustainability: Designed using LEED Guidelines
Program: 34 General Classrooms, 13 Exploratory/Technical Labs (Computer, Art, Science, Applied Technology), Library/Learning Resource Center, District Central Kitchen, Food Service, Administration, Instrument and Choral Music, Shower/Locker and Gymnasium

Creekside Middle School is a campus planned as ‘schools with a school’ following the California educational document Second to None.  The design concept of the school was to create three educational villages each with a unique courtyard that the cohort of students could call home.  Each village is comprised of three interdisciplinary groupings or houses of core classrooms, math, English, social sciences, and science, which are organized around a common work area.  Common areas provide a central place to allow tutoring, project work and pull out programs to occur with visual supervision by each of the classrooms.  The common areas also have protected courtyards to accommodate wet and messy projects.

The overall campus organization is comprised of three grade grouping villages each with a grade level courtyard and a grand quad which allows for multi-grade gatherings and performances in an amphitheater.  Surrounding the grand quad are all the specialty elective labs and the “community” spaces of the gymnasium, library and administration.

Each village is laid out to protect students from the harsh winds that blow from the North.  This alignment allows focused views to the area’s unique rolling hills which are echoed in the curving roof forms. Each curved roof encloses a “community” space.  The building’s colors were derived from the rolling hill’s sage and grass colors.

The school was designed using LEED guidelines.  Extensive use of controlled natural light, controlled interior lighting, energy efficient HVAC systems, insulated high efficiency glazing, and the use of sustainable building products and finish materials throughout are all incorporated as a means to contribute toward the overall sustainability of the design.

Patterson Unified School District worked with the City of Patterson to optimize the school’s facilities to serve as a City amenity. The school’s playfields are combined with the City’s park. The Library and Gymnasium are located at the edge of the school complex, providing shared and private use during scheduled times.