Yulupa Elementary School

Project Features


Bennett Valley Union School District


TLCD Architecture


Santa Clara, CA

Building Area

24,155 sf

The Yulupa Elementary project was a combination of new construction and modernization. The project was completed in two phases. Phase 1 included 12 modular classrooms and the modernization of the amphitheater, library, courtyard, classroom, and new soccer field. Phase 2 of the project consisted of the new 6,200 square foot Multi-Use Building.

The makeup of this project dictated the speed of the schedule and required part of the construction to take place after school hours. In addition to the building components, Lusardi assisted with the coordination and actual relocation of the existing library after school hours to maintain the proposed schedule.

The design alone for the new Multi-Purpose building was complex considering its large foundation footings, 50’ span in-between column lines, length of the required steel, exposed acoustical deck, sloped roof, and photovoltaic system. As part of the design- assist process, Lusardi worked closely with the steel engineer and subcontractor to accomplish the required structural support for the building without compromising the Architect’s vision. The steel beam lengths for the roof structure were too long to have shipped in a cost-effective manner. As a resolution, the steel was transported in shorter individual lengths. Once delivered to the site, the steel was connected with column splices and plates that were quick to erect.

The roof mounted photovoltaic system was then coordinated to mount to the roof deck, without visible fasteners penetrating the exposed acoustical deck.

The building envelope for the facility was very extensive, and required a great deal of attention and coordination between all subcontractors. The 7-layer wall assembly for the building alone, beginning with the interior, included gypsum board, a glass fiber blanket insulation, metal framing, gypsum sheathing, a weather barrier, foam plastic board insulation, and finally, portland cement plaster for the exterior.

All the modular classrooms required the installation of new electrical and gas services to accommodate temporary placement. The modulars were connected to the existing classroom systems to access a full fire alarm, data, and PA system. The majority of the electricity supply for these was generated in the 75kW Solar Photovoltaic System that was installed in the new modular classrooms as well and integrated into the existing classroom buildings.