Valley Center, CA
Lilac School, a K-5 Elementary School, is one of the first publicly funded schools in California to be conceived from the beginning as a design/build (lease/lease-back) project. Davy Architecture was retained to design and construct the new 725-student Elementary School. The 38-acre pastoral site, previously accessible only by a footbridge over Lilac Creek, resides in a watershed area containing a wealth of natural resources. Working with the Army Corp of Engineers and the California Department of Fish and Game, efforts were made to mitigate the impact of both the 43,000 SF school and a new vehicle bridge spanning Lilac Creek.