copyright K2A Architecture + Interiors

Aptos Middle School, originally constructed in 1931, recently completed a full-scale modernization. The 146,000 sq.ft., historic building, is comprised of multiple levels on a sloping site. K2A’s design approach pays careful attention to blend the old and the new.  This project, as a part of Bond Measure A District-wide accessibility and fire-life safety upgrades, was closely monitored by the federal courts.

The accessible new front entry includes a new plaza and landscaping, and the interior ramp is designed to fit seamlessly with the existing art deco detailing and the tiled wainscoting.  Interior upgrades include new custom flooring and painting design. A custom three-color palette for the lobby and interior of the auditorium was developed to bring out the historical elements of the Art Deco molding and trim details and accent the unique tile patterns. This modernization also includes a newly designed food service facility, elevator and chair lift additions, and custom graphic way finding signage throughout the site.

Design Features

  • Modernization for Accessibility & Fire-Life Safety
  • Eleven-Phase, Occupied Construction
  • Accessible Curriculum Garden