James Rutter Middle School New Science Center

Client: Elk Grove Unified School District

Size: 14,451 sq. ft.

Completion: July 2020

Location: Sacramento, CA

Service: Pre-Design, Design, Construction Documents, BIM

Principal-in-Charge: Brian Maytum

Project Coordinator: Elizabeth Hawks-McBride

Interior Designer: Yesenia Watkins

Structural Engineer: Degenkolb

Mechanical Engineer: Weston & Associates

Electrical Engineer: EDGE

Landscape: MTW Group

Civil Engineer: Warren Consulting Engineers


The James Rutter Science Center consists of eight science labs and a large central collaboration space serving state-of-the art science facilities for 6th-8th grade students. To keep project costs down, a standardized design was established among all labs that utilizes flexible furniture and workstations in response to changing program and curriculum needs. Abundant daylighting is provided through large exterior storefront windows and the traditional abundance of casework gives way to tackable and marker wall surfaces for collaborative learning and the display of student work. The central collaboration space services the teacher’s primary work area and contains a fume hood, gas and other utilities for small group demonstrations, keeping these more dangerous utilities and materials out of the labs. The collaboration space is large enough not only for the eight science teachers, but is sized for large group and campus-wide teacher trainings.

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