Existing Site Facilities Profile

Existing Site Facilities Profile

Capacity Analysis

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Facilities Assessment

Code Compliance and Safety

Ocean View Elementary School is located on a flat site adjacent to Village Creek on the south edge and Buchanan Street on the north edge. The school is organized around a courtyard with the Administration Office located on one end and the Library on the opposite end.

In general, the exterior CMU walls are not insulated and all exterior windows are single pane. Site accessibility is average to poor. Fire access at the site is inadequate. There is no on-site fire service and there is insufficient coverage by public fire hydrants. The buildings (except stage and storage rooms at the Multi-Purpose Room), do not meet the current California Fire Code (CFC) which requires buildings to be sprinklered if the building has an area of more than 20,000 sf; existing breaker circuit panels are inadequate; existing fire alarm system does not meet current code.

 

Infrastructure

The irrigation system does not comply with California State Title 23 requirements; kitchen does not have a vented canopy hood. Distribution system is inadequate; current lighting does not meet Title 24 energy efficiency guidelines. Cooling system at MDF closets is not adequate, there is no shut-off valve at gas meter, and kitchen hoods do not comply with Mechanical Code. There is no intrusion alarm system on site.

 

Site

Presently, there is only one access to the school which is located off Jackson Street. There is a small drop-off pullout not for students, and a smaller public lot for staff and visitors. Gates are not present at key entry points and create security issues on the campus. Key accessible routes are not in compliance with ADA, play equipment safety surface is damaged or not present; there is no site lighting. The site has adequate storm drain capacity but still has unsatisfactory drainage.

Site circulation is inefficient. Student travel time from play area to classrooms can take up to ten minutes, cutting into valuable instruction time. Also, the kindergarten play area is adjacent to a main walkway to the Multi-Purpose building, which causes congestion.

Play area on this site is undersized for the student population. The existing building layout makes large potential play areas unusable because of visibility and the need for additIonal supervision staff.

 

Buildings

Built in 1975, the main buildings consist of 3 single-story structures connected by covered walkways. The roof is flat with a sloped elevated clerestory at each classroom. The roof is wood frame and is supported by masonry and wood stud walls on conventional slab foundations. Seismic analysis findings indicate that the collector connections would be significantly overstressed if subjected to current code level seismic forces.

The building appears to be in good overall structural condition with no significant deterioration observed.

This elementary school was originally designed to accomodate a middle school, making the Multi-Purpose Room and Library spaces larger than elementary school state standards. Therefore, the Multi-Purpose Room and Library are a good size for the functions of this school. However, the finishes are dated and both spaces are lacking in storage. The Library is not currently organized or furnished in a way that contributes to the current curriculum or use.

Classrooms are also a good size. Some classrooms have poor acoustics and are lacking in natural daylight. The spaces lack storage opportunities for instruction materials and require additional elements, like sinks, to make the spaces more flexible. This is especially true with regard to the science room, which is inadequate for an extensive science curriculum.

Over the years, programs were added to the site, however spaces did not exist for those programs. Additional rooms were built in spaces like the library, making programs disjointed and spread around campus. There is also a lack of rooms for functions like ELD and counseling.

As stated in the site portion of this facility analysis, site circulation is poor. Part of this is due to classroom configuration and a complex building footprint.

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