Roosevelt Elementary School

Client: Santa Barbara School District
Services Provided: Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Project Size: 35,568 sf
Capacity: 640 Students
Associate Architect: DesignARC
Sustainability: Sustainable Design Features Included
Program: 21 Classrooms, 2 Labs, 3 Kindergarten Classrooms, Daycare Classroom, Special Education Classroom

Awards: 2002 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Coalition of Adequate School Housing
1999 AWARD OF HONOR “Unbuilt” Coalition of Adequate School Housing

Roosevelt Elementary School’s campus accommodates 560-640 students in grades K-6. All spaces are designed to incorporate instructional technology systems. Resource rooms provide maximum flexibility for curriculum and evolving technology systems.

A primary goal of the design charette team was to plan a campus which created a sense-of-place for the educational environment. The courtyard plan provides the opportunity to incorporate the existing Administrative and Multi-purpose facilities with the new classroom construction with respect to traditional “Mission Courtyard Planning”. The academic court  includes a student amphitheater and provide a place for assemblies, student inter-action and outside learning space.

tBP/Architecture transformed Roosevelt’s site by replacing the portables with permanent two-story facilities creating a denser site which gave the school better site utilization opening up the hardscape and green space areas creating new play areas, outdoor learning environments, and a welcoming new front door.  The design solutions were achieved through consensus building with the district, school user groups, students, our team, and the contractor.  The overall process saved the district time and money and the teaching staff welcomed the change.