January 13, 2003, Pasadena, CA - The completion of Julius Corsini Elementary School will be commemorated with a rededication ceremony on Friday, January 16 at 9:30 a.m. The event, hosted by Palm Springs Unified School District, will take place at the school, 68-750 Hacienda Drive in Desert Hot Springs.
With a growing student population and aging facilities, Julius Corsini Elementary School was in need of a modernization program to make the school site better able to meet the needs of its community-especially its students, teachers and parents. To minimize disruption to the school's regular schedule the modernization program at Corsini took place in two phases. Flewelling & Moody, architects for the project, worked closely with the District to reach its goal of creating a modern learning environment that supports the curriculum, and encourages student achievement, is safe for everyone and creates a sense of community among students, teachers, staff and parents. These objectives provided the framework within which the modernization program was developed.
Funded by Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) grant money the modernization program allowed for the replacement of the existing relocatable classrooms with new 2-story, modular classrooms, resulting in 30 new classrooms; improved parents' on-site drop-off/pick-up zones and school bus circulation, resulting in increased pedestrian safety; additional parking; enhanced campus lighting; improved disability access and improved technology resources.
The challenge faced by school planners was incorporating modular buildings into the current campus site which consisted of rescued pieces from the district's previous continuation school, while providing the campus with its own feeling of 'belonging'. The design concept behind the new campus proposes the use of simple and pure volumes, such as cubes or boxes to complement the pre-fabricated, modular classrooms and delicately detailed custom pieces such as the elevator and stair towers. These vertical elements also balance the horizontal line of the buildings as well as the natural horizon of the surrounding landscape. In addition the vertical stair and elevator towers create focal points across the campus and visually relate various campus buildings to each other.