The San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) campus, a 22-acre “green school,” was built on a 40-acre parcel in San Diego. In 2000, SDJA retained Gafcon, Inc. to provide program management services on this 140,000 SF project designed to serve over 1,200 students.
During the project, Gafcon, Inc. took into consideration the specific needs of this environmentally conscious school. The design goal of the academy was to create a self-contained, ecologically friendly campus in which students could learn about their natural environment. Gafcon, Inc.’s emphasis was placed on building a low-visual-impact facility that would blend with the rugged hillside and serve as a protective wall around sensitive slopes as well as surround wetlands to preserve the native habitat.
Gafcon provided facilitation services during the land acquisition and agency approval processes. Other project duties included design oversight, programming, budgeting, pre-construction, and construction services for a K-12 campus, gymnasium, learning center, administration building and multi-purpose building.