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Hillbrook School

Conceptual Campus Plan

A campus reconfigured to advance experiential and student-led learning

Hillbrook School is an independent K-8 grade school situated on a 14-acre woodland campus in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The school sought to modernize its campus and grow enrollment while staying within the allowable square footage stipulated by its conditional use permit. MKThink collected data on occupancy and utilization to determine actual capacity and opportunities for expansion. Workshops with faculty uncovered insights into pedagogy to define criteria for ideal learning environments. Surveys of the grounds explored utilizing green space for outdoor learning. 

PROJECT:

DATES: 2013 - 2014
CITY: Los Gatos
STATE: California
SIZE/SCALE: 14 Acres / 585,882 SF
MARKET: K-12

SERVICES:

CHALLENGE: To modernize its campus and grow enrollment while staying within the allowable square footage stipulated by its conditional use permit.
SERVICES: Data Collection, Data Analysis, Visioning, Conceptual Design, and Master Planning.
RESULT: MKThink applied the data to devise a hub-and-spoke model that maximizes utilization and aligns with the school’s guiding principles and translated the model into a campus master plan. This master plan led to the design/creation of several new places on campus.