Woodbridge High School Modernization


Client: Irvine Unified School District
Services Provided: Master Planning, Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: Irvine, CA
Completion Date: August 2011
Sustainability: CHPS Guidelines
Program: ADA Accessibility, Code Compliance, Heating/Ventilation, Information Technology Upgrade, Fire Alarm System, New Carpeting, Paint and White Boards

tBP/Architecture designed the modernization of Woodbridge High School to upgrade materials and 30-year old systems in order to re-organize and reconfigure space to support 21st century learning, and to extend the useful life of existing facilities and improve energy efficiency. The project was part of the implementation of the 2007 Campus Master Plan, also prepared by tBP. The team facilitated meetings with the District and Woodbridge Homeowners Association in order to design the modernization project to match the community’s vision for local schools. Being more than 25 years old, State modernization funds as well as a local bond funded the campus improvements.

Another important objective was to use the campus as a ‘demonstration laboratory’ for future sustainability improvements to other District facilities. The District used this opportunity to develop options for alternative energy systems at campuses other than Woodbridge High School including photovoltaics, solar water heating; wind power; and fuel cells to generate electrical power.

tBP reprogrammed the location of some functions to: support current instructional methodologies and programs, increase the flexibility of existing space, and to upgrade instructional and administrative technology. The design included the upgrade of 10 existing 1- and 2-story buildings including elevator replacement, life safety and ADA upgrades, upgrades and replacement of aging equipment and infrastructure, information technology upgrades, the fire alarm system and refreshed interior finishes. The team conducted a seismic analysis and designed upgrades to meet current building codes. The plan included the construction of 4 relocatable science classrooms and a student restroom facility. The work included a plan for swing space during construction and phased construction during breaks in the instructional calendar. The Gymnasium modernization include a new floor, bleachers and HVAC upgrades.