Earlier this month, construction was completed on the brand new Michelle Obama Elementary School campus in Richmond, California. The new school is designed by Gould Evans and constructed by Overaa Construction. This Thursday, October 29th at 11am, the school will open its doors, virtually, for a grand opening celebration and tour on Facebook Live.
The online opening is a long-awaited milestone in a journey that began more than a decade ago. The former campus, named Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, was one of several schools identified by the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) in 2010 to be in need of critical upgrades.
Interactive Resources was selected by the WCCUSD to provide bridging design documents for the complete modernization of the facility. Previously, our firm provided architectural design, master planning, and structural engineering services for the complete reconstruction of the 400+ student school, kindergarten through sixth grade.
In the beginning of 2020, following a movement initiated by the school’s PTA, the WCCUSD Board of Education voted unanimously to rename the school after Michelle Obama. It is the first school in Northern California and the second in the state to be named for the former First Lady.
“She is a role model for our children and we strive to serve our students with the same kind of love, advocacy, and courage that she served our country,” WCCUSD Board President Stephanie Hernandez-Jarvis said in a statement.
We are proud to have had a role in the transformation of this school, and look forward to the state-of-the-art learning environment it will provide to our community’s families.
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