Buena Park Elementary School District Long Rang Facilities Master Plan
Earlier this year, the Buena Park Elementary School District approved BCA’s Long Range Facilities Master Plan for their schools in a unanimous vote. Buena Park was particularly interested in working with BCA Architects because of the firm’s focus on campus safety/security in design and 21st century education, not to mention the firm’s two educators on staff, Devorah Merling, and Edwin Diaz. BCA’s master plan aspires to bring the district to the highest level of 21st century learning.
Many design aspects of the master plan focus on creating a safe, modern environment where the students can thrive in. The primary short-term goal of this plan is to create learning environments where every student will have access to personal computing devices and other tools to work collaboratively and creatively with their peers throughout the school day to assist the educators in reaching the goals of the Common Core Curriculum. All school sites will receive electrical and computer network system upgrades needed to install robust wireless networks that will allow all students to have filtered and appropriate access to web-based resources throughout the entire campus.
A secondary goal of this plan is to maintain all school facilities at the high standards expected by the community. All elementary schools including the junior high will receive a “classroom modernization,” which includes finishes such as carpet, vinyl wall covering, “waltalker” dry erase station, and new ceilings with energy efficient lighting. One aspect of the master plan that is particularly exciting is the 21st Century Classroom template that was established by Buena Park's Technology Task Force. This template was recently implemented in three physical demonstration classrooms three school sites in the District to be able to begin the process of transforming the educational environment into the 21st Century Learning Environments.
“BCA is the most knowledgeable architectural firm that we have worked with and they have brought great leadership and education to our district through the development of this long range master plan,” said Greg Magnussen, Superintendent of The Buena Park School District. “BCA’s presentations are clear, precise and always to the point. We appreciate the vision they brought to the district and their commitment to our community. We are looking forward to working with them on the implementation of this visionary plan”.
“The mission of the Buena Park School District, is to provide all children with the educational, social and technological skills needed to successfully experience and contribute to the world around them,” said Greg Magnuson, Superintendent of The Buena Park Elementary School District. “In this rapidly changing 21st century environment, we are pleased to continue to be in the forefront in providing instructional and community services to our students with the assistance of BCA.”