Gallery: Atwater Valley Prefab School For At-Risk Students Opens in Mer...

Classroom with daylight plus artificial lighting.

The new Atwater Community Day School is composed of a four-wing classroom building, administrative offices, art and science labs. The campus was specially designed to integrate educational, recreational and vocational facilities to fit the unique needs of 200 high school students, plus 30 sixth through eighth graders. Normally designing and building a special needs campus like this would take a bit of time, but Merced County and Gen7 were able to design, fabricate and install the entire school in just 6 months.

As for energy efficiency, the prefab school makes use of state-of-the-art mechanical and ventilation systems combined with innovative smart lighting, daylight harvesting, a well-insulated building envelope, and a cool roof. One of the buildings features a sun-shading photovoltaic system that generates energy for the school, while the rest feature a metal shade device to minimize solar heat gain. Gen7 Schools is a division of American Modular Systems and this is their first entire school campus. Despite that, they were able to achieve a 60% reduction in build time compared to traditional construction!

“Gen7 was the ideal solution for us, setting the standard for environmental design, performance and ease of maintenance. The facility will function at a higher level and so will the students, in bright, comfortable classrooms with better lighting, top-notch acoustics and a modern appearance,” says Terry Ruscoe, Director of Support Services with the County. “We anticipate at least 30 percent savings in utility costs and expect the buildings will have a 50-year lifespan, like conventional school construction.”

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  1. lazyreader October 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    At-risk students are students who are not experiencing success in school and are potential dropouts. Not every charter school is good, but the beauty of competition is that bad ones go out of business, while good ones expand. Then good schools teach more kids. Choice and competition produce quality. Government schools rarely improve because no matter how bad they are, they still have “captive customers”. School spending has doubled over the past 30 years. Yet what do we get? More fancy buildings (like the one above) and more assistant principals and more bureaucracy. f you graph the numbers, the spending line slopes steeply, while the lines for reading, math and science scores are as flat as a corpse’s EKG. Charters let them escape the bureaucracy of regular schools, including, often, teachers union rules. These schools compete for kids because parents can always choose another school. That makes them better. No politician wants children to think for themselves and to be innovative, that’s why republicans and democrats don’t change the school systems, we are taught that capitalism is evil from age five to eighteen. Teaching that free market capitalism is the engine that will inspire and fuel the talents of these young kids who liberals think are out of reach or not “smart enough”.

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