The modernization of the Bertha C. Boschulte PreK-8 School, as identified in the VIDE Educational Facility Master Plan, is one of the first three projects being implemented. The design framework for the modernization of this existing 14-building campus is built upon strategies that enhance the existing outdoor passages between the buildings and develop the whole child from PreK to eighth grade. By introducing plazas and passages for outdoor learning, the students will experience engagement and transformation. These “in-between” spaces have been developed into outdoor learning plazas with canopies above for cover and maker spaces adjacent to enable project-based learning for students to connect and engage. Conceptually, the notion of ‘transformation’, as exhibited by butterflies on the island and at a nearby butterfly sanctuary, inspired the project’s creative thinking.
Total Square Feet: 124,000
Number of Students: 1,070
The campus is designed to be net zero energy ready. Upgrading the existing exterior envelop with new windows, insulation and weather barriers and all new materials, finishes, systems and technology will make the school perform like new. The existing buildings are organized into small Pre-K, K-5 and 6-8 learning communities. The existing Auditorium, Library, Administration, Cafeteria and Gymnasium buildings have been reimagined for expanded use by both the school and the community. The design is built upon nurturing student achievement, organizational culture, and teacher and leader effectiveness. It aspires to be a place that ignites passion for life-long learning and builds community.