This is the second post in a series about the community engagement phase of our campus development process. Read our first post here. In addition to uniting our 450 students and 50 staff currently split between two rented facilities, our future campus will be a physical manifestation of our philosophy and a replicable model for the district and beyond: a renewable energy-generating campus with onsite water reclamation and an urban farm. This campus will be the first of its kind in the region and is being designed with replicability in mind — we have challenged our design team to design a building that can be replicated at a cost/sq foot that is equivalent to public school construction in our city.
In order to create a building that reflects and enhances our school culture and curriculum, our design team first needed to develop a strong understanding of our culture and curriculum. As part of the intensive “Insight Week,” our design team conducted individual interviews with nearly every staff member and hosted a design workshop to help them understand our culture, traditions, and collaborative style.
“The people behind AGC are what makes it the place it is. So we spent time on both campuses exploring ways teachers and students could make an even more positive impact on the world.”
– Trung Le, Co-Founder of Wonder, By Design
During in-person interviews, the design team asked team members to explain what had brought them to this work and to this school, and what makes this school so special. Here are just a few moments from those interviews.
Danny Wright, Maintenance Manager, AGC Orca Since 2009.
Berenice Salas Rangel, School Culture Coordinator, AGC Orca Since 2010
Julia O’Grady, Kitchen Manager, AGC Orca Since 2008