MESA/STEM center consolidates support services in state-of-the-art building.
Hancock College’s Academic Success Center doubled the space for its growing Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program while adding support space for tutoring and academic counseling. The custom building is open and airy, with 10’ ceilings and operable windows bringing natural light and fresh air into a mix of collaborative and individual workspaces—learning lab, interactive study area, library and a decompression lounge with lockers. Sustainable upgrades include Koroseal wall finishes, concrete subfloors and premium carpet tiles that blend with custom casework, solid surface countertops and touchless faucets to add style and durability. The low-maintenance exterior ties into the campus aesthetic with color-matched architectural metal siding, site-applied stucco and 14’6” high parapets.
- Large, dual-glazed operable windows with ADA actuators improve IAQ
- Upgraded cool roof, gas HVAC and tankless water heater save energy
- Robust power infrastructure with 3-phase panel supports high-tech
Central Coast New Tech offers a sustainable context for learning.
Central Coast New Tech High School had overlapping design goals: to meet both New Tech Network and LEED Silver standards in sustainable, high-tech classrooms designed for collaborative learning. Gen7’s high-performance modular design was a dual-focus solution, adding open, energy-efficient learning and lab space tailored to New Tech’s “learn by doing” philosophy. Three oversized 40×40 classrooms support project-based learning, adapting to accommodate interdisciplinary instruction with multiple classroom teachers. Smart lighting and climate controls work with high-efficiency HVAC systems to ensure comfort and save energy—a hands-on approach that teaches students to conserve resources and use technology to resolve real-world challenges.
- Auto-dimming LEDs support daylighting for productive learning year-round
- Low-VOC materials and natural ventilation keep indoor air safe and clean
- Classrooms open to shared outdoor space with native landscaping
Ranch-style residences make student housing a home away from home
Modesto Junior College needed West Campus housing for the School of Agriculture’s popular internship program. Instead of a traditional dormitory, AMS built seven single-story modular student housing units, each a self-contained ranch-style residence with four double-occupancy bedrooms, two restrooms, a laundry/mud room and a shared open-concept living area with a full kitchen. Clustered into a cozy neighborhood setting connected by sidewalks, each residence creates a homey environment for students, featuring large picture windows that invite sunlight and a paneled entry door that opens to a grassy park. Site-built front patios shaded by pergolas are supported by stacked stone pedestals—custom details that add charm and character in keeping with Modesto’s agricultural heritage.
- Front windows overlook greenspace with built-in stone seating
- Lap siding and a pitched roof create an attractive residential feel
- Wood cabinets and carpet are durable and low-maintenance
EVOLVE’s custom modular design saves USD $10MM and a year of build time.
An immediate need for a new K-8 school led Stockton USD to think creatively, mixing AMS modular classroom and admin buildings with a site-built multipurpose building to save the District almost $10 million in costs while accelerating delivery by a year. The large-scale AMS EVOLVE campus prioritizes health, productivity and performance in a 21st century design featuring natural light, flexible, open floorplans and indoor/outdoor learning areas. The campus is anchored by a two-story classroom building with enclosed 12’ hallways to enhance security and social distancing. A custom aesthetic unifies modular and traditional buildings, seamlessly blending the school into its high-end city neighborhood.
- Custom modular buildings are indistinguishable from site-built construction
- High-efficiency HVAC and low-VOC materials conserve energy and improve IAQ
- High ceilings allow large windows above student site lines for maximum light
Honoring the past.
Preparing for the future.
The El Monte community is proud of its Spanish heritage. When growing enrollment made expansion of the junior high a pressing need, school administrators had two core requirements: add custom space on a limited budget and maintain the Spanish architecture of the old campus in the new building design. AMS collaborated with the project team to design two modular classroom wings adjoining a new design-built administration center—a cost-effective solution that delivers a cohesive aesthetic with an adobe palette, exterior wainscoting and columns unifying the integrated structure’s rustic façade. A front loggia and metal tile roof with 8’ overhangs preserve the old Spanish feel outside, leading to modern, high-ceilinged, tech-enabled space inside.
- Open classrooms provide adaptable space for 21st century learning
- A rustic red pitched roof echoes the rooflines of existing buildings
- Large windows and a door window daylight the classrooms
Mixing modular and site-build adds a high-end look and low-end budget.
Ione Junior High needed more space and a major facelift. To update the historic campus for 21st century learning, AMS added a two-story modular building with modern classrooms and a traditional façade that complements the campus’ restored Gold Rush-era buildings. Working with a tight site, AMS integrated the new exterior corridor classroom building with a central red brick multipurpose building, conventionally built onsite. Coordinating color palettes and repeating elements—like matching the modular building’s cream-colored stucco to stucco bands on the site-built building—present a unified front. The completed building is unique, successfully blending modular and conventional, modern and historical, to deliver a custom look on a modest budget.
- Large, open classrooms add flexible space for collaborative learning
- Doors and railings are painted brick red, echoing the center building
- Door windows bring extra light and outdoor views into classrooms
Three-peat design fast-tracks a series of schools on a limited budget.
The Ceres Unified School District had an aggressive expansion plan: add two new magnet schools and the region’s first dual-language academy, built concurrently and installed back-to-back. AMS replicated the same turnkey design on all three multi-building campuses, combining quality materials, large view windows and efficient HVAC systems to create bright, comfortable learning space for students with significant economies of scale for CUSD. Each building features a custom detached metal roof with a steep pitch—a high-value upgrade that gives exteriors a stick-built appearance and makes interiors feel airy and expansive. The flexibility to individualize color palettes gives each campus its own identity within the District aesthetic.
- Pitched roofs allow high ceilings, giving classrooms a larger, lofty feel
- Front and side overhangs provide shade and shelter from weather
- Brick veneer wainscoting and colored metal roofs customize each site
Manteca RECA bridges the gap between environmental awareness and action.
MUSD wanted to create an energy-independent, multi-use learning center that gives the Manteca community free access to environmental education while providing a model for future learning spaces. To create a best-in-class building, AMS combined high-efficiency systems with a 10kW roof-mounted PV system that generates more energy than required to power the center each year. All systems are monitored in real-time via GEN7’s web-based energy management dashboard which optimizes performance year-round. The custom design blends sustainability and energy goals with natural ventilation, extensive daylighting and recycled materials, including 150-year-old reclaimed barnwood siding. A detached butterfly cool roof was installed onsite.
- RESC is California Central Valley’s first LEED Gold K-12 support facility
- Solar power meets 100% of electricity needs to achieve Zero Net Energy
- Energy dashboard tracks energy production and consumption via an iPad
Modern math building adds new-school style to an old-school campus.
Gilroy School District had multiple goals: expand space for STEM programming, modernize the 40-year-old campus and provide flexibility for evolving needs. AMS offered the ideal solution in a two-story math building that mixes traditional design with modern upgrades in two wings of adaptable learning/lab space. The building’s blended aesthetic incorporates custom architectural details that reflect the diversity of the historic campus. A mansard roof matches the rooflines of the school’s older buildings. Slanted wood stair canopies and concrete pillars echo the alpine style of the newer student center. Large windows and glass door surrounds overlook a quad, daylighting classrooms to save energy while connecting spaces for indoor/outdoor learning.
- A custom ADA elevator tower’s slanted roof mirrors stair canopies
- Covered pedestrian walkways provide year-round weather protection
- A rear concession area opens to adjacent athletic fields