Architectural Design / Structural Engineering / Remodel & Expansion
Cafe/Cafeteria/Restaurant | Community Center/Library | Education, K-12 | Performing Arts Facilities/Auditoriums
West Contra Costa Unified School District
Allan Whitecar, Jr.
Edward J. Anisman
Thomas K. Butt
John Playne Construction
Winzler & Kelly (GHD, Inc.), Vallier Design Associates, RGDL, RAS Design Group, Silva Cost Consulting
The Nystrom Elementary School modernization is part of The City of Richmond’s Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE). Interactive Resources was the architect and structural engineer-of-record for the modernization and expansion of the school, originally constructed in 1943. A complete modernization of a new 13,000 sf state-of-the-art multipurpose building, designed to double as a community center for the surrounding neighborhood. The multipurpose building was designed to include an auditorium with stage, a school library and computer lab, a kitchen/cafeteria, and to be used for school lunch service. The site includes outdoor seating and shaded areas, as well as a play area.
The project was designed to meet the criteria of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools program, and was pre-approved for the DSA High Performance Incentive. The building was designed with many sustainable elements, including environmentally-friendly architectural finishes, daylighting and energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems.
“The Nystrom Library is, by far, my favorite library in the district and has been since we first saw it last October when it was just a shell. Andrew Butt’s attention to detail throughout the building and use of eco-friendly materials were very appreciated. Everyone who has seen the space commented on the ‘happy’ color scheme. The inclusion of parent space gives us great flexibility. We can’t wait for the Nystrom students to have their first glimpse of their new library! They deserve a great facility and you all have provided it.”
— Francie Kunaniec, WCCUSD Library Services