How do we teach kids the skills they’ll need to compete in an increasingly global society where collaboration and creative thinking are essential ingredients to success? The Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima, California, a repeat Frog customer and the first of Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) school sites to convert to a public charter, has the right recipe.
El Sol Science and Arts Academy, a publicly chartered school in Santa Ana serving more than 800 low income Latino children, has become an academic model for the nation. Students achieve top marks in academic performance, health and wellness, allowing El Sol to stand out year after year as a California distinguished school. El Sol has sustained excellence despite budget constraints and until recently, deteriorating, overcrowded temporary portable units.
Kaiser Permanente understands that the physical environment that it provides has a direct impact on the relationships and the results it achieves with its patients, its employees and its providers. To thrive in a competitive market place, they must also deliver inspiring, high performance buildings faster and at a lower cost than ever before.
Kaiser Permanente opened its new medical office building in Victorville, Calif. in March 2014. With nine doctors’ offices and 16 exam rooms, the Kaiser facility provides primary care services for 64,000 members in the High Desert. Kaiser selected Project Frog to develop the high-performance environment that aligns with Kaiser’s brand and Total Health Environment initiative.
Serving as a vibrant hub to attract visitors to the area is a striking 3,500 sf Frog building draped in the famous international orange color. Millions of people from around the world will come inside to learn more about the history of this American landmark or pick up a piece of commemorative memorabilia. The 75th Anniversary Visitor Pavilion is exceptional example of the aesthetic quality and superior flexibility of the Frog kit.
GE’s John F. Welch Leadership Development Center serves as the key social hub of a 50-acre corporate learning center on the banks of New York’s majestic Hudson River, just 40 miles north of Manhattan. Serving as an educational tool for the company’s 10,000 leaders who visit to the campus each year, the new facility showcases the world’s best-in-class, energy efficient building products, systems and technologies. Installation was complete in under 4 months.
As part of the first phase of the Hunter’s Point Redevelopment Plan, Project Frog was selected to create a 5,000 sf building for the evolving community. Situated on the edge of the bay facing San Francisco’s iconic skyline, the soon-to-be LEED certified facility serves as demonstration space for a range of community-oriented uses, including a public meetings and events, as well as arts and arts education, job training, and recreation.
San Francisco has a new icon thanks to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service. Project Frog’s iconic smart building is located on the beautiful San Francisco waterfront at Crissy Field’s East Beach. The Center features high-performance classrooms, a science lab, an art room, administrative space as well as the Beach Hut cafe.
Project Frog executed a 3,500 sf fast-track project to meet the school’s programming needs and budget while providing a healthy, sustainable, and productive energy neutral environment for students and staff alike. The result is a state-of-the-art learning complex that excites young people about science, teaches kids how to be global citizens and stewards, and reflects the creative spirit of Watkinson School as a whole.
Neighboring Westborough Park in South San Francisco, Westborough Middle School enhanced its campus to kick off the 2014-2015 school year. The middle school, with nearly 700 students ranging from sixth to eighth grade, partnered with Project Frog to replace former portable classrooms. The completed project features one new classroom building and a building dedicated to its special education program, a total of nearly 4000 square feet of new space.
Located in the center of a South San Francisco neighborhood, Spruce Elementary is the home to nearly 700 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. On a mission to replace its old portable classrooms, Spruce teamed up with Project Frog to revamp its campus with five new buildings. Spruce now features seven new classrooms, a library and an open flexible space to accommodate various curriculum activities and large groups of students.
Ponderosa Elementary, a California Distinguished School, replaced its old portable units and built out its campus with 10,000 square feet across four buildings. Ponderosa partnered with Project Frog to provide its students with facilities that will further enhance learning, for more than 100 new families that join the Ponderosa community every year.
El Camino High School, a South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) school, opened its high-performance, two-story science center in April 2014. Thanks to the Measure J Bond Program, the school was able to achieve its goal of consolidating its hard science programs, like biology and chemistry, into a 12,000 sf state-of-the-art lab facility. El Camino partnered with Project Frog to innovatively approach its unique site constraints, resulting in a two-story building with an exterior breezeway.
Recently, the $162M Measure J Bond passed allocating funds to replace modular’s throughout the South San Francisco Unified School District. Skyline School, located in Daly City, CA, was one of the first elementary schools to receive new facilities. Project Frog provided 7,200 sf of high performance structures including a new kindergarten classroom building, 3 general purpose classrooms, an Exploratorium, and a library / media center. The library, positioned at the entry of the campus for more effective public use, also flexes as a computer center to accommodate the district’s new technology roll out and tech-education programs.
Like so many public schools across the nation, Monte Verde Elementary in San Bruno, California, was plagued with countless portable classrooms. The old buildings had leaky roofs, bad acoustics and poor indoor air quality, among many other unhealthy elements. For many years, the K-5 school remained in dire need, and finally in 2013 Monte Verde was selected to be a part of the District’s Measure J Bond Program aimed at replacing portables and eradicating antiquated equipment.
The Baden High School is a public continuation high school located in the city of South San Francisco and is a part of the South San Francisco Unified School District. Serving approximately 100 students, the adult learning campus is dedicated to specialized vocational training including programs for hotel and hospitality work and a Teen Age Parenting Program. Constructed during the summer months, the school opened their new a new Frog building in the fall of 2013 with the goal of further enhancing their unique life skills training program. The 1,440 sf structure features an open, flexible interior environment, plus a full kitchen and private office.
One of South San Francisco’s three middle schools, Alta Loma enrolls over 800 students between sixth and eighth grades. In the fall of 2013, the school opened approximately 8,600 sf of new facilities thanks to funds allocated from the Measure J Bond Program. Project Frog is thrilled to lead the dramatic transformation of the aging campus. Five state-of-the-art Frog buildings have been placed strategically around the campus in order to reactivate a path of travel around the school and expand active learning environments.
Situated on a hilltop overlooking the vast ocean on the southern shore of Kauai island is now a new 6,100 square foot Frog building with LEED Silver Certification underway. Serving as the Kauai administrative headquarters for Dow, the environmentally responsible and a socially conscious building solution saves on energy consumption and operating expense, all while providing a healthy space that enhances the occupants day-to-day experience.
J.C. Fremont High School’s expanding program was in need of a high performance, green facility: the centerpiece of their new wellness program. The Fremont Clinic and Wellness Center now includes a state-of-the-art, school-based clinic facility, cladded to fit in with the rest of the campus, and a one and a half acre community garden and urban farming site. This 2,500 square foot Frog Clinic provides free or reduced-rate medical, behavioral and dental services to the students, staff and community members.
Project Frog created a high performance, wood-based retail structure for 7-Eleven. The first of its kind, the convenient store is designed specifically for high-traffic use. The column free space with a 18 foot high ceiling in the center section allows for a versatile interior that feels good to be in and to buy in. Perfect for retail stores of this type nationwide, the interior and exterior flexibility of the Frog system allows clients to capture the essence of their brand, allows for optimal merchandise placement and spatial efficiency while also providing significantly more natural daylight than traditional buildings through the use of clerestory windows and skylights.
Project Frog has worked closely with Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) to deploy a series of buildings for research of energy efficiency and sustainability of Project Frog structures throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The initial phase of the assignment involves an experimental evaluation of a state-of-the-art energy neutral test platform at two climatically different islands – Oahu and Kauai. In the Spring of 2012, the second installation of test structures for HNEI was completed and the faculty and upper-classmen of Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School are eager to move in to their new, high-performance, high school level classrooms.
Project Frog worked closely with the East Bay Regional Park District on the centerpiece building of the long-awaited Big Break Visitor's Center at the Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, California. Along with the LEED-expected Frog building, the Delta Discovery Experience offers interactive exhibits, a pier area, amphitheater that can seat 150 people, picnic area and a piece of art with the replica of the Delta that embedded in the outside walkway.
Project Frog is working closely with Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) to deploy a series of buildings for research of energy efficiency and sustainability of Frog structures throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The 1,200 sf structure shown here, is the test structure at Ilima Intermediate School on Oahu. It has been outfitted with high tech energy monitoring systems providing valuable research data for HNEI. The energy consumption data will give HNEI the knowledge to make educated decisions on the most efficient products and materials thus impacting the future of sustainable design in Hawaii.
The Project Frog team worked closely with Lincoln Elementary School to create a green, cost effective solution for its 5,000 square foot Child Development Center that was also capable of meeting the school’s tight timeline. Redondo Beach Unified School District’s school board unanimously approved Project Frog’s plan and the permanent facility, consisting of four early childhood classrooms, was constructed in less than six months. Made from predominately recycled materials, the high performance units boast many more eco-friendly features. Each unit is equipped with energy reducing components and additional design elements directly benefit the health and comfort of the building occupants. Serving children as young as six months, Project Frog’s solution provides a healthy and friendly learning environment essential for early childhood development.
Earning the name, “The Little School That Could”, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, a LAUSD Charter School, is truly a model for school reform locally, nationally and globally. The school continues to stay ahead of their curve: In August 2010, two state-of-the-art Frog classrooms opened to enhance their new sustainability program. The unique curriculum focuses on lessons of sustainable practices using the Frog buildings as a 3,000 sf teaching tool. The students will be aptly prepared for a future in California green jobs.
The Jacoby Creek Charter School District in Bayside, California, was awarded a grant from the State of California to replace portable trailers on their 6-acre campus. With the goal of occupancy by the start of school in fall 2009, the school leadership began searching for affordable and sustainable options to replace existing trailers and expand the overall size of the school.
In only six days, this 1,200 sf Net Zero Energy structure was assembled at the USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston. The one-of-a-kind structure, dubbed “Frog Zero”, incorporates the ideal learning environment into the greenest, most sustainable commercial building solution available.
The Project Frog team joined forces with Emotive Group to create a world-class racing school at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. The new 14,000 sf Jim Russell Racing Driver's School and Audi Driving Experience is comprised of a learning and demonstration environment, media center, café, and lounge overlooking the track at Turn 1.