Trinity School Enrichment Center
MEP Engineer: Timmons Design Engineers Inc
Structural Engineer: Jon Brody Structural Engineers
Civil Engineer: Sandis
Landscape: Keith Willig Landscape Services, Inc.
Lighting Consultant: Silverman & Light Consulting
Acoustics: Charles Salter and Associates
General Contractor: Plant Construction Company
Project Manager: Enslow Company
Initially tasked with adding a new classroom building to an independent K-5 school in Menlo Park, Mark Cavagnero Associates took the opportunity to site the new building to create a stronger entry to and identity for the school. The addition, which includes music, science and arts classrooms and administrative offices, was sited to establish a new heart for the campus and to bring definition to the previously unclear entry experience.
Beyond providing much-desired program space, the project provides two covered terraces that knit the addition into the existing campus. The terraces and a monumental stair create a new formal gathering space for the community of students and teachers, which is also used casually between classes and during lunch. The main stair greatly improves the circulation between the two levels of the school and provides direct access to the coveted lush lower yard and play areas.
The new flexible classrooms offer glazing and natural light on three sides, providing panoramic views of the hilly and picturesque landscape. Overhangs and building orientation minimize solar gains while optimizing the benefits of daylighting. The abundance of controlled natural light contributes to a comfortable and healthy learning environment for the students.
Other green design elements include natural cooling through cross ventilation and high thermal mass construction, and radiant floor heating, which efficiently improves the indoor comfort and air quality.
A future phase of the project will add a 1,200 square foot expansion of the School Center providing additional office and meeting space. As part of this phase, a new covered walkway and drop-off area south-east of the Enrichment Center will lend efficiency and clarity to the arrival of students, parents and faculty.