Gallery: PREFAB-IN-PROGRESS: OMD’s Country School Expansion


The latest cutting-edge prefab design from Jennifer Siegal’s Office of Mobile Design is the expansion of Valley Village, California’s Country School, adding a middle school campus to the existing preschool and elementary school. (We’re thrilled to see prefab systems being applied to more public and educational contexts!) While the construction isn’t quite finished, we think this is a great opportunity to show the process and progress of an exceptional prefab project– and one of the best (and first) prefab schools we’ve seen integrate so many green technologies. Check out the renderings and installation photos, courtesy of the Office of Mobile Design, and we’ll be sure to be give you a full report upon completion!

Building skeleton in the factory

The three-building, eleven steel-frame module project combines a slew of sustainable systems including natural lighting and ventilation, eco-friendly materials, efficient lighting, and integration with the surrounding landscape, creating a healthy environment for children and their teachers.

In plan, the central building houses offices and the library, while the west building contains three classrooms, a language lab and lockers, and the third, eastern building houses an art studio and science lab, which doubles as a community space in the evenings. In its materiality, the school employs Expanko and bamboo flooring, biocomposite panel cabinetry and homasote wall cladding.

And to top it all off, Jennifer has considered the outdoor spaces of the project as well (and as any kid can attest to, playing outside during recess is the best part of the school day). The landscape will feature outdoor classrooms and gathering space, a theater, a raised vegetable garden, a frog pond and a stream.

We find this project particularly interesting as it is an addition to an existing structure, which provides not only site-specific but aesthetic and programmatic context. OMD’s concept for the Country School project “centers around educational, environmental, and fiscal responsibility.”

+ Office of Mobile Design

+ Interview with Jennifer Siegal


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  1. Kelly May 29, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    I would love to know the cost per square foot?

  2. Richie May 26, 2007 at 8:24 am

    Interesting. Yes… there’s certainly a steel skeleton, but an awful lot of wood is used. It would be interesting to learn what type of wood is being used, how green it is and how they’ve managed to get it to meet the fire proof standards that Public Schools (Private Schools ?) must satisfy ? Also, Homosote is that soft material that’s often used for insulation more than a finihed surface. Oftentimes, Homosote will be used for note boards that will have push pins stuck in them. So is Homosote (made from recycled newspapers, by the way) really the interior finish surface ?

  3. Ulrike May 25, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    I love the huge windows.

    (I have to admit, the horrid PhotoShop job did give me a giggle.)

  4. Craig May 25, 2007 at 11:37 am

    By coincidence (I suppose), I’ve been seeing a number of butterfly roofs recently in print and on the web. Do butterfly roofs present any extra maintenance issues compared with other roofing styles? Is there usually a slope on the intersection to keep leaves, etc. from accumulating?

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