Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley: September 04, 2012
Swinerton Builds Triumph Out of Tragedy at Merritt Trace Elementary
After the previous classroom building burned down, Trace Elementary School was in serious need of a replacement classroom building on their campus. Together with Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley, Trace Elementary School built triumph out of tragedy with a new learning environment to start off the school year.
On August 31st, General Contractor Swinerton joined faculty, students, and district representatives for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new two-story, 26,618-square-foot building that includes 18 classrooms, a media center/library, and support spaces. Swinerton’s design-build partner on the project was BFGC-IBI Group, whose sustainable design thoughtfully melded with the existing adjacent administration wing, built in 2009.
“Today is a joyous day as we celebrate our new building grand opening!” said Trace Elementary School Principal Anacelia Rocho. “For Trace school, today marks the beginning of a new era. We are united, stronger, excited, and looking forward to our future.”
The unique “single-loaded” new building has circulation on one side only, toward the interior of the campus, with exit stairs located at each end of the building and an elevator centrally located for convenient access. This linear solution provides north light on the street side of the building and south light on the circulation side of the building with overhangs for rain and sun protection, an ideal orientation for sustainable design. Additional building features include handmade ceramic tiles, a metal roof system, an elevator, and custom casework.
As one of the nation’s top education builders, Swinerton understands that just as every child is different, so is each school and community. They are committed to seamlessly and safely enhancing the functionality of learning environments while staying true to the unique values and core functions of each school. Swinerton is proud to have partnered with the San Jose Unified School District and Trace Elementary School on this special project, building a legacy in education together.
About Swinerton: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton has been building in the Silicon Valley and surrounding communities since 1948. As one of the top ten general contractors in the area for nearly 60 years, Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley is devoted to the region with a passion for delivering the highest quality product through integrity, leadership, passion, and excellence.