City of Emeryville & Emery Unified School District
EMERYVILLE CENTER OF COMMUNITY LIFE
Creating a community heartbeat: a first-of-its kind center that incorporates a K-12 school, health and social services, and arts and recreation into an enduring community hub
The first joint-use facility in the nation, the Emeryville Center of Community Life (ECCL), pioneered state legislation to authorize multiuse school buildings. The 115,000 SF center consolidated facilities from six sites to reduce inefficiencies, improve educational performance, and deliver comprehensive services to citizens of all ages. MKThink undertook in-depth stakeholder engagement and conducted 20+ participatory workshops to ensure a design that responds to the community's diverse needs. Scenario modeling established a strong case for the financial and community benefit and won the necessary approvals from the school board and city officials.