Glenoaks Elementary School
Custom upgrades give space-efficient two-story sleek style.
To maximize capacity on a tight suburban site, AMS partnered with DC Architects to design and build a two-story classroom complex, combining two 72′ x 40′ modular wings in an L-shaped footprint that creates a sheltered recreation area for Glenoaks’ K-6 students. Energy-efficient upgrades enhance health and comfort in a budget-friendly DSA-PC design that adds 11 classrooms—one for special needs—as well as restrooms and workroom. Low-VOC materials, operable windows and solar-tinted glass NanaWalls create a clean-air environment with natural light and ventilation; outside, deep roof overhangs provide shade and weather protection for walkways. Custom thin-brick wainscoting and green architectural pop-outs add style cohesive with existing buildings and the adjacent neighborhood.
- Metal sunshades lower energy costs and keep classrooms cool and comfortable
- Lower-level glass NanaWalls open to a private rec area for indoor/outdoor activities
- ADA elevator tower is sited in the rear corner to present a sleek front façade
Modular construction reduced the building’s environmental impact and met Glendale’s dual emphasis on wellness and energy-efficiency. AMS incorporated low-VOC finishes, surfaces with high recycled content, high ceilings and natural ventilation to increase indoor air quality. Site-applied stucco, metal sunshades and a cool roof that absorbs less heat improve energy performance and interior comfort.
J. Eric Duncan