Pacific Ridge School Carlsbad, California
Construction of a new Middle School, Administration Building, and Arts & Technology Center for Pacific Ridge School. The school is dedicated to the education of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Up against several other General Contractors, Lusardi Construction was awarded the project in late 2013 it was completed within budget and on schedule.
The school consists of (2) two-story masonry buildings including a 22,700 square foot classroom building and a 23,000 square foot performing arts building. The two-story masonry middle school is comprised of seminar-style classrooms, labs, offices, and a 1,300 square foot reading room complete with custom tiered seating, storage space, and glass sectional doors. The outdoor courtyard that is now designated as the “Middle Town Square” is the heart of the new campus where socializing and student collaboration occurs. The two-story performing arts center houses classrooms, a community hall, nursing facilities, a cafe, and several art studios.
The Pacific Ridge School is known for their first-rate education. Their new facility represents how successful they have been delivering quality education. The new building additions radiate creativity and ingenuity, qualities that the school encourages their students to value.
The framework for the buildings is considered standard block construction. What makes this project unique is how the Architect took a standard method and gave it an entirely new look and feel with the layout and finishes. gkkworks incorporated design elements that are commonly used for industrial facilities. The design captures the essence of an industrial building in a modern environment by featuring exposed beams, duct work, piping, and decking.
Construction of the new buildings started during the school year. Already on a tight schedule, Lusardi was faced with building around an active campus. It was a top priority for the school to avoid any disruptions to students during construction. This being the case, Lusardi took extraordinary measures to meet the requests of the school officials. To minimize noise during school hours, a sound blanket was installed around all perimeter fences. Disturbances were minimized by creating guidelines that restricted the operation of noisy equipment, vehicles and vibrations during certain hours. As a result, a large portion of the work was done before school started, after hours, weekends, and holidays. There were many weeks that Lusardi crews and subcontractors worked 7 days straight to meet critical deadlines. In the end, the project was completed within the proposed schedule.
Client: Pacific Ridge School
Building Area: 45,700 sf