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Sycamore Academy of Science and Cultural Arts

Wildomar, CA, USA
1 of 4PJHM Architects

The Sycamore Academy of Science and Cultural Arts is an independent charter school for grades K - 6. The school currently occupies and has outgrown space in a retail center in Wildomar, CA. In 2014, the school successfully purchased land for a new school within one mile of their current location. After an exhaustive, challenging entitlement process through the City of Wildomar involving seismic, cultural, biological, environmental, traffic and water quality management compliance, the school is under construction scheduled for an early September opening. The uniqueness of this Charter School is a derivative of the clients' extremely limited budget and programmatic requirements which were extremely straight forward.

Due to an extremely aggressive construction schedule (6 months) inclusive of earthwork (ten feet of over-excavation and re-compaction of the entire building area) and off-site utility connections, the exterior finish - Allura fiber cement siding and trim - was selected for installation efficiency and adherence to the City's "western theme". Building interiors matched exterior thematic styling featuring painted, exposed wood trusses, two story high north facing glass windows and eight foot wide by-parting, sliding "barn doors" that promote collaboration between students within each "Team Building".