Pecha Kucha Presentations

BernalilloHS April 24-26, 2019
Cultivating Courage: Connect, Commit, Create
Hayes Mansion
San Jose, California

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Integrating a School Into a Transit-Oriented Development The School With No Classroom
Helen Pierce, Associate
Kate Mraw, Associate Principal

Including a K-12 school into a transit-oriented development invents a new type of learning environment, enriched by connecting students to an expanded community. This concept school will free your restraints about physical learning spaces and start to explore how the community, the urban setting and a high-tech development become assets to the learning experience. This session is about thinking ‘what’s next’ in this world as we explore understanding place-based learning and high-density developments.

Helen Pierce has been developing innovative design strategies and influencing community and educational spaces across the U.S. for more than 30 years. She believes in the power of research-based design, the significance of sustainability and the importance of integrated solutions. An active member of San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), she is passionate about understanding how design adds value to our communities.

An Associate Principal with LPA, Kate Mraw serves as a Design Director in LPA’s Educational Practice. Integrating exploration into the process of programming and experiential design, Kate leads envisioning sessions through a research-based lens. Her ability to cross pollinate ideas from a variety of past experiences informs discussions using an understanding of human behavior to influence design solutions. Kate’s leadership on complex educational design projects has resulted in numerous feature articles and design awards.

An Invitation to Explore
Cathy Bellem, Principal

STEM runs deep at the St. Vrain School District, North of Boulder, where the tech economy put down roots, an energy economy fuels development, and families rally around a District commitment to build a technologically-trained workforce by focusing on STEM education. The St. Vrain Innovation Center is a single building, accessible to all kids in all schools district-wide, providing a state-of-the-art facility in support of the STEM programs infused in schools around the district. Designed to foster collaboration, choice, inspiration and collision of ideas, the Innovation Center looks like no school you’ve ever seen.

It is a model for how educational spaces can evolve to ignite that most basic human instinct to explore.

Cathy Bellem is a Principal with Anderson Mason Dale Architects who is passionate about making learning environments truly great. Her focus on emerging research and new technologies brings a forward-looking vision and evidence-based approach to school design. Cathy has shared her enthusiasm through her tenure as Chair of the USGBC Green Schools Initiative, Planner for the USGBC Green Schools Summit (2013-2017), Board Member for the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Rocky Mountain Chapter, and Planner for the 2018 A4LE Southwest Regional Conference. Cathy is a frequent presenter for both the Green Schools Summit and the A4LE Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Voice of Change
David Stubbs II, President

Leap! What is the recipe for Initiating and Sustaining Change? I believe it’s more of a guide, a road map or a script that is only read once and placed aside. In this day in age we all want simple solutions, to check a box, to get to the next. However, this work must be nurtured, developed and released only to be evaluated over and over. The answers for change are not in a tall building, they reside in schools. The speaker will discuss 20 educational change agents that have provided influence in his work. Land!

David Stubbs II has been recognized as one of the most important industry leaders in establishing solutions for the next generation of educational environments. Mr. Stubbs is not only an innovator, researcher, designer and creator, he is also a writer, consultant, adviser and speaker. Cultural Shift’s solutions can be seen in the installations of private schools in Punahou, Hawaii, the Kahn Academy’s first brick and mortar facility among numerous others throughout the world.

Personalization, Purpose, and Mindsets: A College Prep Academic Model for Student Success
Helena Jubany, Principal

We know that every student is different. We will share how Ednovate, a charter school, works to create a customized learning experience that capitalizes on each individual student’s strengths and interests, leaving behind a one-size-fits-all approach. Their students work at their own pace through online modules to reach mastery of college¬ ready skills. The self-paced module system teaches their students to manage their time so that they are able to complete assignments with long-term deadlines. Ednovate students are self-directed, self-motivated, and self-disciplined learners with 21st century technological skills and experience.

The aim is to instill in their students a sense of purpose and community; they hope their students will use their college degrees to make a Positive Multigenerational Change. Ednovate schools innovate with how space is used to personalize learning, creating different settings in which students learn. We will share how their schools have been design to achieve their educational goals.

Helena Jubany is an Education Thought Leader for NAC Architecture. She has advanced her practice for the last 28 years by developing a collaborative and inclusive process that promoted diversity and advocated for outstanding design on educational facilities. Her passion for design of educational facilities has resulted in several international assignments including projects and speaking engagements in China and Brazil. Helena is the founding president for the A4LE Southern California Chapter.

The Amazon Effect
Jesse Miller, AIA, Principal

Today, businesses consist of complex interconnected environments made up of infrastructure devices, servers, fixed and mobile end user devices and a variety of applications hosted on-premises and in the cloud. San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools has implemented a new age cyber security program, not built around traditional IT, which offers students throughout the county the opportunity to engage in this new world we live in. Their career tech program focuses on providing career ‘soft skills’ in addition to the technical skills required for their students to easily transition into higher education or the workforce. The first day of class in the new facility the students watched a live-stream lesson on cybersecurity from a professor in Pensacola, Florida, later the students were streaming audio/video with ROP students in various districts throughout the county and now they can engage college courses at various local higher education institutions. But what makes the Counties course different is the realization that not everybody in the program wants to train to be a computer genius that stops hackers. Instead, the county still wants students to pursue this and other career fields because Cybersecurity is becoming every employee’s responsibility and impacts all industry sectors – solving the problems of the community.

Part of our new world is the ongoing phenomena of what’s referred to in the retail construction world of ‘the Amazon effect’: the ongoing disruption of the retail market resulting from increased e-commerce. This effect has resulted in state and local community officials along with architects and urban planners asking: What becomes of these large abandoned big-box buildings, imposing blights on the communities when the companies have closed and moved on. Thinking outside the box for their new security program, San Bernardino County decided to take that same out of box approach to their educational facility. As questions have risen on how public schools can continue to evolve to the ever-changing dynamic of next generation education with the handcuffs of an increasingly shrinking construction funding system; the county tackled this head-on by purchasing an empty box and adaptive re-using it for the purposes of leveraging their resources to provide a facility that exceeds the technological capabilities they originally thought possible. The Impact of a new-age program with a potential solution for educational facilities moving forward has been a powerful story in the community and provides insight to an unknown future.

As a principal HMC’s K12 Education Studio, Jesse Miller’s knowledge of Next Generation teaching pedagogies, coupled with training and experience in the architectural profession, gives him an extremely unique perspective and understanding of how the built environment can impact performance. With over 15 years’ experience managing educational projects throughout California and Texas, he has established a portfolio showcasing next generation spatial design in environments ranging from elementary, middle and high schools as well as higher education facilities.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 12:15 – 12:30 pm
Building as a Teaching Tool: Using Science to Galvanize Social Collaboration and Learning Environments
Marko Blagojevic, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

To boost student retention and increase student enrollment, community colleges aim to expand educational opportunities for students through a collaborative and innovative learning environment. Evergreen Valley College Math Science and Social Science (MS3) is a LEED Platinum building which incorporates science and sustainable design in ways that engage students and enhance their campus experience. Mathematic and scientific theories inspired the building design. Woven through the project, these theories create nodes of interest for social interaction and put science on display through building form, patterns, and indoor/outdoor experiment zones. As a result, the building space cultivates scientific exploration, connects students, and creates a vibrant learning and social environment.

Marko Blagojevic is a Lead Design Principal for HMC Architects in Northern California. He has over fifteen years of experience designing education, healthcare and civic facilities. As one of HMC’s regenerative design leaders, he strives to instill innovative ideas into high performance design solutions that positively impact learning and healing environments. An award winning designer, many of his projects are recognized for high levels of sustainability and have achieved industry recognition. Most notably, the Evergreen Valley College Math and Science Complex and Evergreen Valley College Fitness Center were awarded LEED Platinum.

Friday, April 26, 2019 | 9:45 – 10:45 am
The Samueli Academy Story: A Charter School for All
Lindsay Hayward, Associate
Anthony Saba, Executive Director

For over 30 years, the Orangewood Foundation has provided innovative services for abused and neglected children and at-risk families to end the cycle of child abuse one life at a time. The Samueli Academy is a pivotal part of this mission. The result of an extensive planning process was a Master Plan for 480 students with a 115,000 SF academic downtown focused on project-based learning featuring a student union, innovation and health center intertwined with studios, labs and collaborative learning commons. Creating a strong School community, with joint-use and industry partnerships was part of the educational mission for the school, most importantly providing a place to belong for these at-risk students

As an Educational Facilities Planner, Lindsay Hayward specializes in K-12 design and is responsible for the refinement of design concepts and ideas. Her strengths include strategic programming, educational visioning, community engagement, and integration of building designs within existing campus environments. Lindsay has been with LPA for 18 years and involved with all architectural phases of K-12 projects. She develops educational specifications and design guidelines that enhance a District’s educational vision and assists them in determining program goals, developing standards on school site utilization as well as educational condition assessment criteria.

Anthony Saba brings over 17 years of high school experience, both in the classroom and in school administration. As an administrator, he has held the positions of assistant dean, dean of students, athletic director, assistant principal and principal. After an extensive national search, he was hired as Samueli Academy's Head of School in July 2012. His enthusiasm and love of learning encourages the best in all students. Due to the overwhelming success of the school, as well as the continued growth of programming for our students, he was promoted to Executive Director in the Spring of 2018.

Innovation Bond: A Catalyst for Change
Jackie Squires, Senior Associate

One bond, $29 million, 53 schools, 4 design teams, 2 district PMs, and 300+ user group meetings, all completed within two summers of construction.

This session outlines a case study of Cherry Creek School District's approach to including innovation in the bond program for equity throughout their district. We will look at the process used to engage the school teams and define what innovation looks like at their school, how a relatively small project can help become a catalyst for innovation and professional development discussions, and experience before and after images of these unique projects.

A project manager at Cuningham Group, Jackie Squires has been working with K12 clients for about 10 years. Her experience ranges from new schools to small renovations to district master plans. Recently, she managed an alternative high school renovation for Douglas County and an addition for KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy. Jackie is also involved with AIA Denver’s Path to Licensure committee, a board member of A4LE Rocky Mountain Chapter and a member of Women in Design.

Master Plan Realization: A Long-awaited Transformation
Kari-elin Mock, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

This session highlights the dramatic transformation of an existing building into a space for learning, finally reaching its true potential to inspire students, faculty and the community.

Denver Academy is a school dedicated to serving students with learning differences and brings innovation into its classrooms every day. The building that has been its elementary school for 18 years was originally designed and operated for decades as a clinic. The teaching staff have achieved amazing results with the students, but the physical space (divided up into many small spaces) was a constant limitation. A Campus Master Planning and fundraising effort identified the Elementary School as a top priority. In this session, you will learn how a significant renovation breathed new life into the old building, enabling it to finally support the progressive education taking place inside.

Kari-elin Mock has focused her career on creating spaces for learning, teaching, and play. A Principal with Cuningham Group, she has managed significant projects such as the recent Denver Academy projects; award-winning LEED-certified buildings for Aspen Community School; and the new high performance Meadowlark School in Boulder Valley. Kari-elin has fueled her passion for meaningful design through her volunteer work with USGBC Colorado Green Schools Initiative and the A4LE Rocky Mountain Chapter and Southwest Region.

Career Pathway Academies: Designing a (Fast-Track) Comprehensive High School that Prepares Students with 21st Century Skills
Saravana Bala, AIA
Ann Vacek, AIA
Olivia Raisanen

Eastmark High School is being constructed as a comprehensive high school project, that also offers academy themed career pathways in the Eastmark master planned community located in the old GM proving grounds site in East Mesa. The project is a fast track design/construction with Phase-1 taking only two years from programming to occupancy. The project is master planned to accommodate up to 2800 students and phase-1 has an occupancy of ~1450. The school fully embraces 21c and Next Gen learning philosophies and includes spaces for kids to exercise 21c century skills such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking as well as communication. The learning pods are designed to be modular, anchored by a maker space and labs. The maker spaces are surrounded by teaching stations that include traditional instructional, collaborative classrooms, studios or dry labs depending on the type of maker space, and teacher/counselor rooms. Three breakout study spaces with full visibility are located in each pod, and informal teaching spaces are dispersed throughout the school. The school will be offering certification programs out of four initial Academies: STEM, BLIS, MASH and FAME, and plans to have as many as 15 certifications by full buildout.

Saravana Bala acts as Education Studio Leader at Orcutt | Winslow. He excels in identifying a client’s value system and strives to achieve and provide value, not just in the finished design but in the process. There is always an understanding that a project’s realization hinges on the success of the stated program. Saravanan has the ability to adjust to crises and seek proactive solutions. Saravanan has acted as the Project Manager for Eastmark High School.

Ann Vacek has a dual Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Design from Arizona State University. Her thesis focused on repurposing a failing shopping mall into housing and alternative modes of transportation for millennials in the context of Phoenix. Ann has been with Orcutt | Winslow for four years. Most recently she has been in charge of construction administration and construction documents for Eastmark High School, a 160,000 sq.ft. school in Queen Creek, AZ.

Olivia Raisanen has a dual undergraduate Architectural Studies and Spanish degree from Arizona State University. Her thesis focused on designing a new curriculum and learning environment for middle-school-aged children in Phoenix, Arizona. Olivia has been with Orcutt | Winslow for two years, during which she has been part of the design and construction administration team for Eastmark High School.

State of The Region Address
Emily Rae, ALEP
Ty Taylor, ALEP, NCARB

Through a three part review, we will briefly evaluate our region’s published infrastructure needs before focusing on the challenges and opportunities of California’s K12 and Community College systems. We will review current state and local funding opportunities, highlighting districts who have successfully raised capital. To close the session, we will discuss how districts can close the gap in funding their own local infrastructure needs.

Emily Rae, ALEP, found her passion helping school districts achieve their educational initiatives through the built environment. She has worked with dozens of school districts designing and delivering projects for prekindergarten explorers through community college scholars. A graduate from the College of William and Mary, Emily brings her expertise in developing master plans and building programs that advance learning and enrich educational experiences.

Ty Taylor, ALEP, NCARB is an national expert in PK-14 education and facility planning and implementation with experience across the United Stated. He has helped manage the design of approximately $1 billion of public schools and planned $30B+ in public school master plans. He lends his DeafSpace expertise to a variety of projects including student housing and other education facilities. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of North Dakota State University School of Architecture.

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