River Valley High School

Client: Yuba City Unified School District

Size: 172,000 sq. ft.

Cost: $25,041,987

Completion: August 2004

Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build

Location: Yuba City, CA

Principal-in-Charge/Senior Project Manager: Brian Maytum

Project Coordinator: Eric Sifuentes

General Contractor: Lathrop Construction Associates

Civil Engineer: Psomas

Mechanical Engineer: Capital Engineer

Electrical Engineer: Koch, Chun, Knoblock & Associates

Structural Engineer: Buehler  


River Valley High School is a comprehensive high school with a curriculum focused on science and technology. The buildings are oriented around a large open exterior courtyard for security and site control. The campus includes science labs for general science, earth science, physics, chemistry, biology and pre-med/bio technology. The architecture reflects the local agriculture vernacular giving the campus a sense of place within the community. The campus is master planned for a phased expansion to accommodate 2,200 students in approximately 208,000 sq.ft. Future expansion includes a community theater and aquatic center.

River Valley High School is the first school in California to utilize the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Post Occupancy Performance Scorecard. This CHPS program evaluates the actual performance of CHPS designated facilities against their original design intentions. River Valley High School achieved a B+ in its overall performance after three years of occupancy.

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