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iLead Lancaster Charter School

Client: iLead Charter Schools

Scope: Adaptive Reuse

Size: 37,000 SF

Completion: 2014

Project Manager: Richard Berliner, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP


iLEAD Lancaster is forward-thinking K-8 charter school in Lancaster, California. Berliner conducted a series of intensive Design Charrette meetings, bringing together school administrators, teachers, parents, students and the construction team to develop a program and to establish goals. The design time frame was extraordinarily tight; these meetings helped the team to rapidly develop and execute a successful design.

iLEAD Lancaster is designed to maximize the interaction amongst classes and grades, while maintaining a desirable sound level. To this end, the scheme utilizes a number of semi-enclosed “campfire hutches” designed to accommodate focused, teacher-driven instruction. Smaller “caves” are dispersed throughout the building to allow for quiet, individual study. Connecting each class is a communal “watering hole” to allow teachers to easily organize grade-wide activities and events. By strategically placing these elements, we have created a flexible, open learning environment.

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