Twin Rivers Charter School

TWC_0108.jpg
 

 

Twin Rivers Charter School

Yuba City, California

The Twin Rivers Charter School buildings are modeled after the NZE School Prototype and are highly energy efficient and sustainable, and incorporate a number of innovative systems. All major building components are pre-fabricated off site, which expedites construction, reduces waste, and minimizes traffic. Two independent structural systems—a pre-engineered metal building shell and reconfigurable, non-structural interior walls—create a flexible building, able to support a variety of spaces; and adaptable to future changes in program, size, pedagogy, technology, and operations. Each classroom features a skylight, providing natural abundant light. Steel was chosen as the primary building material because of its high recycled content and potential for future recycling. The long-span steel structure is built for disassembly, utilizing bolted rather than welded connections, facilitating easy alterations as well as end-of-life recycling.  

After many years at a local church site, the new charter school campus now sits on 6.3 acres with two buildings totaling 40,000 SF serving 470 elementary and middle school students. The new campus also includes an attached lunch shelter, outdoor amphitheater, a multi-purpose hall for PE classes and special events, as well as a running track and athletic that look out onto the Sutter Butte mountain ranges.  

Landscape-inspired features 

The baltic birch ceiling panels were inspired by valley peaks in the surrounding Sutter Buttes landscape. The geometric design presents the illusion of an inverted mountain range. The colors of the surrounding mountains, golden rice fields, blue sky, deep red earth, and various colors of sunrays informed the colors that we incorporated into the buildings. The suspended fluorescent tube installation honors the annual tundra swan migration—defined in the blue sky, swooping down on golden rice fields. Inspired by the orchards nearby, we also placed clusters of trees at the main plaza between the two school buildings. Trees planned at the plaza are deciduous which will add rich colors as seasons change and provide shade in the summer and allow warmth and sunlight in the winter. 

 
 
IMAGE  2 - TWC_0255.jpg
 
IMAGE 3 - TWC_0271_2500px.jpg
 
 
IMAGE  4 -13-TWIN RIVERS CHARTER SCHOOL_HI-RES.jpg
 
 
IMAGE 5 -TWC_0121.jpg
 
 
IMAGE  7 -10-TWIN RIVERS CHARTER SCHOOL_HI-RES_300DPI.jpg
 
IMAGE  8 -TWC_0130_300DPI.jpg
 
IMAGE  9 - TWC_0135_300DPI.jpg
 
IMAGE  10 - 6- TWIN RIVERS CHARTER SCHOOL_LOW-RES.jpg
 

Client

Erik Karlshoej Education Foundation

Design

Goodnight Structural Engineering, structural engineer
AHBE | MIG and Barrow’s Landscaping

Build

Hilbers Inc., general contractor
Butler Manufacturing, pre-engineered metal building
Allcom Plumbing 
Dickson Mechanical
Advanced Electric & Sound
Perfection Electric
Foothill Fire Protection, Inc.