Twelve Bridges High School

Lincoln, CA

  • Client: Western Placer Unified School District’s (WPUSD)
  • Building Area: 126,650 SF
  • Architect of Record: HMC Architects
  • Photographer: David Wakely

Western Placer Unified School District’s (WPUSD) newest high school, Twelve Bridges High School (TBHS), utilizes an environmentally sensitive and cost-effective design to deliver an innovative solution to a unique site and community. These strategies saved the district eight weeks off the schedule and $1M in total savings when considering building, schedule, and general conditions savings.

Built to support the rapidly growing Lincoln, California community, the new high school features two two-story classroom buildings, a single-story science building, an administration building, an athletic stadium and fields, space for performing arts, and staff and student parking. The initial phase of the project includes 50 classrooms to support a population of 1,200 students and considers an expansion plan for 2,100 students.

Responding to the site’s existing topography, which includes a 15-foot elevation drop, the design team separated the public zones atop the hill from the student zones and the core of the campus below. As a multi-story campus, the school had the potential for being exclusive to those with unique mobility needs. To remove these barriers, an accessible ramp was sculpted into the natural hillside to allow for vertical mobility throughout the landscape without the inhibiting need for access to elevators or lifts.

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