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Ratcliff developed a master plan for the Head-Royce School that provides for a realignment of school programs to add a new 11,000-square-foot gymnasium and adjoining middle school to the existing school campus. Previously, Ratcliff designed the 15,000-square-foot free-standing lower school building with classrooms, a six-station computer room, a teachers’ lounge, and a kitchen. The new gymnasium includes a main court and two cross courts, a full kitchen and food service area for events, showers, and restrooms. Two outdoor basketball courts and at-grade parking were also provided. The middle school features two new science classrooms, a conference room, and a teachers’ administrative space with work room. The siting and design of the buildings responds to the natural topography’s steep slope and difficult terrain. Concerns from members of the adjacent residential neighborhood were addressed at community workshops that included the joint participation of school faculty, administration, and neighbors.


Oakland, CA


32,000 SF


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