The Sycamore Academy of Science and Cultural Arts is an independent charter school for grades K - 6. The school currently occupies and has outgrown space in a retail center in Wildomar, CA. In 2014, the school successfully purchased land for a new school within one mile of their current location. After an exhaustive, challenging entitlement process through the City of Wildomar involving seismic, cultural, biological, environmental, traffic and water quality management compliance, the school is under construction scheduled for an early September opening. The uniqueness of this Charter School is a derivative of the clients' extremely limited budget and programmatic requirements which were extremely straight forward. "We need Team Teaching Stations for K-1, 2, 3rd & 4th grades, 5th & 6th grades, a multi-purpose classroom, a small administration building and an academic courtyard". A resultant six building cluster sited to avoid on-site earthquake faults and setbacks from existing overhead power lines was developed. The six buildings orient to optimize the potential for north light through windows and south facing roof slopes for future solar voltaic panels as well as forming the academic courtyard. Planning simplicity directly correlated to architectural simplicity all in effort to stay within a privately funded guaranteed maximum price. This was achieved by maintaining a consistent width at all buildings spanned by identical exposed wood trusses forming a simple shed section. The entire building complex inclusive of sheathing was accomplished in two weeks! Due to an extremely aggressive construction schedule (6 months) inclusive of earthwork (ten feet of over-excavation and re-compaction of the entire building area) and off-site utility connections, the exterior finish (fiber cement siding and trim) was selected installation efficiency and adherence to the City's "western theme". Building interiors matched exterior thematic styling featuring painted, exposed wood trusses, two story high north facing glass windows and eight foot wide by-parting, sliding "barn doors" that promote collaboration between students within each "Team Building". All site landscaping is designed to be integral with an extensive on-site water quality management system and is completely drought tolerant featuring beautiful dessert flora and rock-scaling.
Ronald Reagan Charter School Alliance