Building 600: El Cajon Valley High School

Grossmont Union High School District

Mission: Combine two very different but vital disciplines, while meeting District needs, in a sixty year old agricultural building.

That was S+W’s challenge in expanding and modernizing “Building 600,” a specialty building that became home for two unique uses: the high school Special Education Program and the CTE Welding Program. At the core of the modernization? A 7,000 SF addition that doubled the size of the welding program. Program services and identities are enhanced by maintaining separate building entries and careful zoning of the interior spaces. Special Education functions in three classrooms, a living skills lab, focus rooms and personal hygiene training areas. The Welding Program is far more modernized and robust with 28 new welding booths along with an adjacent classroom in well ventilated and daylit spaces.

The harmonious result? Two diverse educational programs with greatly different requirements are able to share one building — and succeed independently.
Design Architect
Architecture Design

Photography by Pablo Mason