Existing Site Facilities Profile

Existing Site Facilities Profile

Capacity Analysis

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Facilities Assessment

Code Compliance and Safety

The Marin Elementary School campus consists primarily of six similar hexagonally-shaped classroom buildings and a multi-purpose building. Some of the restroom facilities, as well as the kitchen sinks, are not ADA compliant. The only accessible ramp is at Sante Fe Avenue. However, the drop-off area is not accessible. Fire access to the interior of the campus is not possible. However, truck access is allowed via public streets, three sides of the campus are covered. There is no fire service (hydrants) on campus. The buildings appear to be in good overall structural condition with no significant deterioration observed. The buildings have no sprinkler system. The original electrical branch circuit panels in classrooms should be replaced; remove boxes, bookcases, etc. from in front of the panels. Replace interior lighting; add more exterior lighting; install a new fire alarm system.


If possible, enforce clearance requirements in front of electrical panels; replace interior lighting with energy efficient fixtures; coordinate with District to determine if data, CATV, clock/paging, and security camera systems meet their needs. The plumbing piping system is 30 years old and should be evaluated. The storm drain downspouts should be cleared for proper drainage. The building envelope has no wall insulation (CMU walls), minimal roof insulation, and single pane windows. These items increase mechanical energy consumption. Install a new intrusion system. Many of the classroom buildings’ air inlet and outlet vents are dilapidated. The buildings have water damage at ceilings due to rooftop units’ condensate leakage.



The campus site is located near a major vehicular collector and a major shopping corridor, and is adjacent to neighborhood streets. The campus is separated from the adjacent neighborhood streets by significant grade changes facilitated by retaining walls. Paving areas need repair. The site is mostly hand-watered. The irrigation system is antiquated and not compliant with Title 23.

Due to the shape and placement of buildings, play space on site is very limited and is undersized for the student population. When student population increased, the site added classrooms which served instuctional needs but removed a portion of the outdoor play environment. This site has mostly hard surfaces for play and is lacking in soft landscaping.


Classroom Buildings A, B, D, E, F and G

Built in 1973, the buildings consist of wood frame roofs supported by masonry and plywood. The walls are supported by conventional shallow foundations. The majority of the HVAC system consists of high efficiency packaged rooftop A/C units in fair condition. Condensate from these units can be seen staining the ceilings inside the buildings.

These buildings were designed to employ an instructional philosophy that is now antiquated and no longer in use by the site. Classrooms were designed in threes and connected in the middle by a common work space, which is too small to be used as a shared instructional or collaboration space. On this site those rooms have been converted to storage or large electical rooms. In the ‘70s windows were thought to be distracting for youth and were therefore used very little. The classrooms at Marin have very little daylight, and no view windows. The rooms are small and because of their awkward space, feel smaller than they are. Tight corners become un-usable instructional space. Overall, these are very poor educational spaces.


Multi-Purpose and Kitchen Building C

This building was built with the previously discussed classroom buildings and it uses the same kind of construction.
Similar to the 1973 classroom buildings, this building also contributes to an awkwardly shaped, undersized, multi?purpose room. Even with multiple lunch periods, many children still have to eat lunch outside because of limited indoor space. The kitchen is a simple warming kitchen, which is typical in this District.

Additional spaces in this building include a staff lounge, which doubles as a workroom. Copy machines so close to food is not recommended. This room is undersized for the number of staff.


Classroom Building H

This building is part of the original complex. The building’s HVAC system is insufficient for the occupancy load capacity.

Although this is the oldest building on site, the size, shape and daylight in the classrooms contributes to a good education environment.


Portable Buildings

The portable buildings are showing signs of deterioration. The wall mounted heat pumps are old and near the end of their useful service life.

The placement of the portables takes up play space.



Edited: Sara, 5/15/2014
Published: Sara, 5/15/2014