Eastvale STEM Academy at Roosevelt High School
Project of Distinction 2017 Education Design Showcase
Facility Use: High School
Project Type: Design Concept
Location: Eastvale, CA
District/Inst.: Corona-Norco Unified School District
Chief Administrator: Kim Lu Lawe Ed.D.
Completion Date: July 2019
Gross Area: 105,500 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 105.5 sq. ft.
Site Size: 3 acres
Capacity: 1,000 students
Cost per Student: $50,000
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $473.93
Total Cost: $50,000,000
The ESTEM (Eastvale Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy is a specialized campus addition to Eleanor Roosevelt High School. This academy aims to build a “school within a school”, finding the balance between creating a strong sense of identity for a new specialized campus while fostering an inclusive environment where eSTEM and ERHS students alike feel welcome. This quotient shapes everything from the program, to building and site design, to site location. As important as the connection between campuses is the great sensitivity to respecting the privacy of adjacent neighboring homes, complicating this balancing act.
Community engagement and input held a critical role in the design of this school, shaping the program and architecture of the eSTEM Academy before the architectural planning process even began. CNUSD led this effort to design a state-of-the-art STEM learning facility that addresses strong community needs in the medical and engineering professions. The district engaged local colleges, universities, and prominent professionals in the aforementioned fields early on to gain a better understanding of the skills needed of a graduating student in order to succeed in both higher education and work placement. This engagement helped shape the innovating program and learning spaces of this school.
Inclusive planning, research, and partnerships. Nice resolution of tough site constraints. Nice indoor courtyard and variety of indoor learning spaces.