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Making Waves Academy

Photographer: Bernard Andre | Ken Gutemaker

Founded in 2007, Making Waves Academy is a non-profit charter school serving low-income students in grades 5 through 12 in Contra Costa County. Through this project, the school expanded to approximately 250,000 square feet of teaching space in seven buildings. A key component of our design for the school was centering the classrooms on collaborative, flexible, open learning spaces. Other program features included a parent resource center, restorative justice spaces, a gymnasium, maker spaces, and a performance art space. The campus is configured with two distinct campuses to house middle and high school programs.

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250,000 square feet

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