Site Master Plan Recommendations

Site Master Plan Recommendations

Site Priorities

The priority list was developed by integrating PTA, Staff, and consultant concerns gathered from meetings.
At the second staff meeting the design team reviewed each item with the staff. Items shown in green text are items that must be completed with any work done on site. The items shown in red are items that can be moved up or down on the priority list based on site votes. The staff members received three votes to place next to their preferred objectives. The accumulation of votes led to the overall site priorities.

Below is a general description of the three categories for prioritization:

01. CODE COMPLIANCE will have to be satisfied when any work is done on site. This includes adequate bathrooms, adequate ventilation, and California energy efficiency requirements. None of these items were votable as they are all mandatory.

02. FUNCTION is the next priority category andincludes items that support the physical site and building. This includes adequate building systems such as lighting and mechanical, and appropriate low voltage and daylighting. Only basic upgrades are mandatory, other items were shown in red and can move up or down their priority category based on site votes.

03. EDUCATION SUITABILITY is the final priority category and the one most sites focused on. This category focuses on what a site and a building need to support the education curriculum. It includes items such as a fully functional science lab, a staff collaboration space, and storage rooms to remove clutter from the classrooms.

 

Apriority votes 

 

01. CODE COMPLIANCE
Seismic/Fire and Life Safety/Accessibility

A. NEW FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
B. NEW ELECTRICAL MAIN SERVICE AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
C. ENERGY EFFICIENCY / TITLE 24
D. ADA ACCESS- BUILDINGS/SITE
E. FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM
F. FIRE ACCESS/SERVICE
G. ADEQUATE DRINKING FOUNTAINS/RESTROOMS


02. FUNCTION
Do utility systems work, water, HVAC, drains, electrical, lighting, security, etc.; Are systems standardized and maintainable? Is the envelope of the building sound (roof, windows, walls, doors, etc.)?

A. INFRASTRUCTURE

Classroom Buildings B and C - HVAC rooftop units are near the end of their 15 year service life, classrooms have no A/C, there is inadequate occupancy ventilation and comfort, acoustics throughout the classroom buildings are problematic, low voltage system is problematic. Gymnasium /Classroom Building A - rooftop A/C, heating and ventilation units are near the end of their service life, the kiln in the Art Classroom needs a canopy hood with ventilation exhaust directly to outside. Kitchen Building D - rooftop a/c units are near the end of their service life

B. MECHANICAL SYSTEM

Evaluate and adjust for use with natural ventilation.

C. PARKING LOT

D. SECURITY

Review campus access.

 

03. EDUCATION SUITABILITY
Does the space meet the needs for curriculum delivery (or your facilities educational program)? This is typically classroom technology, adequacy of classroom, arts, labs and specialty spaces.

A. MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM / BUILDING

Performance Space / Stage

B. CLASSROOMS

The program needs more classrooms, ideally one for every teacher, upgrade finishes, paint interiors, in class storage and display space, adequate sinks, projection screen on alternate wall apart from marker board, floor outlets, and provide new blackout window coverings.

C. CAFETERIA 

Create a place for students to eat that can be used throughout the year.

D. ADDITIONAL SCIENCE LAB

E. OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

F. PRODUCTION GARDEN

G. ADDITIONAL SMALL SCALE CULINARY CLASSROOM

H. LIBRARY

Reconfigure, upgrade technology, new furniture.

I. SPECIALTY SPACES

Learning center, speech therapist, occupational therapy, resource, counseling.

J. MEETING SPACE

The site needs a conference room to use instead of the Library. Often the Library is needed for other functions such as instruction.

K. CONSOLIDATE 8TH GRADE PROGRAM

It is important to the site to make the 8th grade program consolidated on one site to promote teacher collaboration. The location can be either the Middle School or the San Gabriel site.

L. SHARED STAFF WORKROOMS WITH NEW CLASSROOMS

 

 

Albany Middle School Recommendations

ARCHITECTURAL

Code Compliance and Safety

Work with local Fire Marshal to provide adequate fire service to campus. Do a code analysis based on current California Fire Codes to determine if a fire sprinkler is required at the Food Service Building. Install a system if dictated by code. (Install a new fire alarm system per current codes.)

 

Infrastructure

Evaluate the low voltage system and modify as required. Install a canopy hood directly vented to the outside at the kiln in the Art Classroom.

 

Site

Analyze parking lot for compliance with ADA compliant spaces requirements.

 

Classroom Building

The classroom buildings are to be re-commissioned as described in Infrastructure above.

 

Portables

Remove existing portable behind Food Service Building and portable adjacent to Maintenance Yard (caretaker’s portable).

 

Lunch Shelter

Add additional square footage to lunch shelter and enclose. Modify existing walkway and landscaped area adjacent to shelter as required due to modification.

Reference San Gabriel site for additional information on added classrooms.

  


CIVIL

Code Compliance and Safety

Although the site is relatively flat, there are two areas that would need to be improved during construction on the campus. The area between the courtyard and the bicycle racks should be re-graded to provide an accessible path of travel. Similarly, the existing accessible parking stalls in the parking lot along Spokane do not have an accessible path leading back to the campus. Some re-grading in this area should be conducted to provide access.


Option 1

The only option presented as part of this report is minor reconstruction and modernization of the campus. In general, the existing infrastructure is adequate to support the new construction at the site. If the new work exceeds 5,000 square feet of ground disturbance, that work would be subject to C.3 stormwater treatment requirements. The site stormwater is currently treated by a vault system in the playground. This type of treatment method is no longer compliant with current standards. Therefore, new improvements would require treatment by Low Impact Design (LID) methods such as bioretention or flow through planters.

 

LANDSCAPE

The following landscape improvements are recommended:

Paved lunch court with seat walls, shade trees, and an open, paved connection between the classroom building and lunch shelter.

Bio-filtration planting improvements east of the classroom building, with sub-drains to conduct water away from the building.

Campus perimeter planting improvements to replace overgrown and poorly spaced or sheared plantings. Bio-filtration planting shall be incorporated where possible to treat campus and roof runoff.

Once the joint-use farm garden at the adjacent continuation high school is completed, replace the existing middle school farm garden with an orchard garden to increase the variety in farm to table program opportunities, to create science curriculum opportunities through tree biology, and to provide a food garden that does not require yearly replanting.

Selective improvements to perimeter planting and at renovated or new buildings.

Typically, landscape improvements shall comply with DSA and California Building Code requirements, including CALGreen, District directives, and Title 23 Irrigation Efficiency requirements.
Paved areas shall be designed for universal access.

Where seating is provided, it shall be configured to encourage interaction between students and create opportunities for collaboration and functional use of outdoor areas as an extension of the classroom.

Where blacktop is striped for games, the striping shall be laid out to avoid overlaps in use that could lead to playground injuries.

Concrete paving shall utilize a mix of fly ash and slag replacing approximately 50% of Portland cement in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide a significant level of recycled material content in the paving, and increase the strength of the finished paving, thereby increasing its durability and lifespan. Concrete shall be non-slip broom or soda wash finish in order to reduce install cost and construction clean up, and will not have lamp black added, to ensure that the paving remains high-albedo and reduce the urban heat island effect over the long-term.

Where appropriate, asphalt paving shall be color coated with high-albedo, slip resistant surface treatments to provide visual interest and reduce urban heat island effect while maintaining usefully large, contiguous paved areas.
Plantings shall be climate appropriate, low water use native and adapted non-invasive exotic plants. Where possible, mowed lawn should be replaced with native, non-mowed meadow, significantly reducing irrigation and maintenance.

Irrigation systems shall be weather aware, automatically adjusted to reduce waste, and meet or exceed state and local irrigation efficiency requirements.

We recommend that although not required, the nine Bay-Friendly Landscape basic practices be followed in order to further reduce irrigation use and maintenance costs, and to protect the local environment. Landscape maintenance staff should be trained in Bay-Friendly Landscape practices. District maintenance practices should incorporate Bay?Friendly Landscape practices which reduce water use, strive to eliminate pesticide and chemical fertilizer use, and overall typically reduce landscape maintenance costs. The nine Bay-Friendly practices are:

      1. All soil on site is protected with a minimum of 3 inches of mulch after construction.
      2. Compost is specified as the soil amendment at the rate indicated by a soil analysis to bring the soil organic matter content to a minimum of 3.5% by dry weight or 1-2 inches of compost. If the imported or site soil meets the organic content of 3.5% or more, then the requirement is waived.
      3. Divert 50% of landscape construction and demolition waste by weight. Verify the local jurisdiction’s minimum requirement and reporting procedures for construction and demolition (C&D).
      4. Select and plant vegetation to allow for natural size and shape growth. Pruning for structural integrity and overall health is permissible. Plants adjacent to buildings or established in a row should allow for their minimum and maximum growth potential, according to a reference plant book.
      5. Do not plant invasive plant species.
      6. Grow drought tolerant California native, Mediterranean or climate adapted plants.
      7. A maximum of 25% of total irrigated area is specified as turf, with sports or multiple use fields exempted.
      8. Specify water-based irrigation controllers (automatic, self-adjusting) that includes a moisture and/or rain sensor shutoff.
      9. Sprinkler and spray heads are not specified for areas less than 8 feet wide.

 

 

STRUCTURAL

Lunch Structure

New steel-framed addition to existing structure. Framing could consist of metal deck over HSS beams and columns supported by new spread footings.

 

Modernization of Existing Buildings

Structural or seismic upgrades not anticipated. Alterations to the existing architectural or HVAC features may require minor framing modifications.

 

 

MECHANICAL / PLUMBING

Install new HVAC roof top units at all buildings. This might be a task that will have to be implemented by phasing over a period of time because of the number of units required for purchase and installation. The Classroom Building is to be re-evaluated for thermal comfort of occupants. Install A/C if warranted due to outcome of evaluation.

The boilers and piping may need to be replaced due to maintenance neglect from chemically treating the system.

 

 

ELECTRICAL

Recommended Code Compliance and Safety

  1. Replace existing manual fire alarm system with an automatic fire alarm system to meet current code requirements.

Recommended Safety Improvements

  1. Upgrade existing security camera system with new system that meets current industry quality and standards.
  2. Provide additional exterior security lighting in the quad area for evening safety.

Recommended Upgrades

  1. Provide wireless data drops throughout the site.
  2. Replace or remove existing corridor/classroom lighting relay system.

Additional Upgrades

  1. Update electrical feeders to units as required if the existing HVAC system is upgraded throughout the site.
  2. Upgrade lighting in renovated lunch shelter.

Edited: Sara, 5/14/2014
Published: Sara, 5/14/2014