America's Finest Charter School

  • San Diego, California
  • San Diego Unified School District

Dated school facilities, a lack of site accessibility and an absence of community presence, America’s Finest Charter School (AFCS) needed modernization and expansion in order to improve the quality of their learning environments to meet today’s needs and tomorrow’s future learning strategies.

Tasked with preparing a long-term development strategy for AFCS, DAHLIN + Rodriguez Park developed a Site Master Plan through a comprehensive and collaborative effort between the school’s end users, students, parents, teachers, school staff, and community members. As an integral part of the outreach and design process, they provided insightful information on the wants, needs and desires for their new campus.

Multiple site planning scenarios were developed through an interactive design process, ultimately culminating in two final development approaches for consideration by the Charter School Facilities Committee. The new Site Master Plan proposed replacement facilities for the aged school site of primarily non-conforming portables. The favored approach strategically phased construction where further site improvements could stop indefinitely after each construction phase, and allow school operations to proceed unimpeded.

Project Specs

Site Area:2.97 acres
Building Area:50,095 sqft

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