San Jose Middle Schools Update Science Classrooms

Published 2-20-2001

Ida Price Middle School and Orchard Middle School in San Jose have worked with Saramark Inc., a San Jose construction company, to upgrade their science classrooms. To ensure state approval, Saramark adhered closely to the California Department of Architecture's standards and regulations for classrooms, school labs, seismic retrofitting, storage of chemicals, ventilation, and plumbing. Saramark's hybrid building-construction approach combines pre-fab wall panels and roof trusses to build a lab comprised of either 30x32-sf or 24x40-sf modules which are assembled at the site on a concrete poured foundation. Steel framing of the labs provides extra stability and safety. Saramark can build the classrooms in six months or less.