Mark Keppel Elementary

  • Location: Glendale, CA
  • Type: Elementary School
  • Scope: Two-Story K-6 Facility
“The majority of our current facilities are conventionally built, but AMS has shown that modular construction can help us advance our master plan in far less time, for much less money. Our new Keppel classrooms move the District along a more energy-efficient path, while empowering all students to reach their full cognitive, creative and social potential.”
Alan Reising
Administrator, Facilities Planning, Development and Support Services, Glendale Unified School District

Project Background

Mark Keppel Elementary is a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School that reflects the creative spirit of the Glendale community it serves. As part of its modernization plan, the Glendale Unified School District worked with Neff Construction and American Modular Systems to build and install a two-story classroom building that integrates academics and the arts in an energy-efficient environment. The modular building with elevator cultivates creativity with 14 classrooms that provide flex-space for dance, theatre, music and visual arts, as well as a teacher workroom, custodial room and handicap-accessible restrooms. A separate Gen7 art lab features a kiln room with special ventilation to ensure superior IAQ.

These buildings combine smart design with affordable energy-efficient upgrades. Tubular skylights and oversized South- and East-facing windows maximize daylighting, while louvered aluminum sunshades and programmable thermostats optimize climate control for comfortable learning. A cool roof, high efficiency gas HVAC systems, R-19 insulation and exterior light timers reduce energy costs. Eco-friendly restrooms are equipped with low-flow toilets and Xlerator® hand-dryers that use 80% less electricity. Custom-tinted stucco, cantilevered balconies and a decorative metal fascia and railing system create a distinctive façade in harmony with the school’s artistic roots.