Agnews Campus SCUSD

This 55-acre award-winning campus includes new Abram Agnew Elementary, Dolores Huerta Middle and Kathleen MacDonald High Schools for the growing Santa Clara Unified School District, with blended amenities and outdoor areas enabling students and staff to share resources. Designed by LPA, construction by Swinerton, and furniture by One Workplace, this education project spanned 10 years from concept to completion and thousands of hours for the project team to build the largest K-12 project in the US.

Josue Garcia
Account Manager
A ground-breaking project in scope and scale, the entire Agnews project team was focused and dedicated. LPA Sr. Design Coordinator Jill Kramer led her team from 5 LPA offices to work closely with our mutual client Rosiella Defensor, creating learning spaces for thousands with 600 students at the new Abram Agnew Elementary School. Campus Middle and High Schools have capacity to support thousands more and all feature collaborative learning areas designed to empower specific educational and social needs. Indoor learning environments are relevant to each age group, to encourage engagement and collaboration.
Dolores Huerta Middle School continues the Agnews campus design concept with spaces that support multimodal learning, shared amenities and adaptable technology, serving 1000 next-generation students as they progress in their education. Students might spend their entire learning experience at Agnew, and flexible furniture solutions offer students choice for posture and function, increasing agency and developing social awareness.
Outdoor learning and play spaces work together across campus, respecting the historical landscaping and extending the learning area. Nature is celebrated in the new campus landscaping, also by LPA, which maintains the quality of this location as a sustainable San Jose location and community asset. Our outdoor furniture selections reflect each school's design and student needs, curated by our learning environments design team.
Kathleen MacDonald High School delivers learning spaces to meet 1600 high school students' expectations and learning styles. Maker spaces, libraries and corridors offer age-appropriate learning spaces in this 192K SF school as well as in each of the Agnew Campus schools. Staff and admin spaces also received the same attention to deliver supportive environments.
OWP Project Manager Sammy De Leon was thrilled to support an educational project of this magnitude. Managing the hundreds of product deliveries and installs specified by the design team throughout the extensive project schedule was matched by the dedication of the entire team including accomplished Swinterton lead, Angie Woo. The outcome is spectacular with sustainable design and construction award winning accomplishments.

Photography by Jason O'Rear

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