High school designed with virtual reality

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It’s now full speed ahead on construction of the new $86 million Twelve Bridges High School in Lincoln is continuing as planned since the ground-breaking last spring.

HMC Architects designed the site for The Western Placer Unified School District and Flint Builders is general contractor on this project. The completion date is fall 2021 and the new high school will accommodate more than 1,200 students in the first phase and 2,000 students at full build-out.

The design addressed a 15-foot elevation drop by physically separating the public zones atop the hill from the student zones and the core of the campus below. This physical barrier also allowed for opportunities to use the hill for outdoor learning spaces.

The design team utilized virtual reality (VR) with users and local first responders to study security and safety vulnerabilities.

It’s being built on a 56-acre site located at Twelve Bridges Drive and Fieldstone Drive in Lincoln, California. The project includes a 5,000-sq.-ft. administration building, 71,000-sq.-ft. student center (including music and arts, media and performing arts, dining commons, and gymnasium with support facilities).

Four modular buildings will be included as a part of the first phase of the project including two, 2-story classroom buildings (21,000 square feet and 20,000 square feet) and two 5,000-sq.-ft. single-story science buildings.

Also, the site includes an athletic stadium with bleachers and press-box, sports fields, parking, hardscape, landscape and associated site work.

The future second phase of the project will include an auxiliary gymnasium, a community aquatic center, completion of athletic complex, and an additional two -story classroom building. The WPUSD is planning for a 2020 bond measure to fund a portion of the second phase.

Along with Twelve Bridges High School, HMC is also working with WPUSD to design their newest elementary school, Leaman Elementary School, which is expected to be completed in Fall 2020.

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