d.tech August 2017

At the 2017 Structures Awards, Design Tech High School—a new public charter school on Oracle’s Headquarters—was announced as the People’s Choice and the Best Education Project by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.  The Business Journal celebrates the most impactful projects in a diverse range of categories at the annual awards event.

“This project is an extraordinary public-private partnership and in a lot of ways it represents the best of the Silicon Valley community. This is an example of positive disruption in education,” said Colleen Cassity, Director of the Oracle Education Foundation

Opening early 2018, Design Tech High School’s (d.tech) new facility at Oracle’s Redwood Shores Headquarters will be the first public high school in the U.S. to be located on a tech company’s campus. The new school facility is being built to meet the specialized needs of the school’s forward-thinking education model, which emphasizes extreme personalization and putting knowledge into action. The on-campus location and inclusion of large fabrication spaces will enable the growth of one of d.tech’s signature programs: Intersessions. These are two-week, project-based workshops—taught by industry professionals—that build technical skills and critical thinking.

“We couldn’t be more excited to build this school on our campus and to see the positive impact it will undoubtedly have on the students, teachers, Oracle employees and the Bay Area community,” added Safra Catz, CEO of Oracle.

The design process began by understanding d.tech’s needs and character through a series of visioning sessions and design charrettes. The entire community—hundreds of students, parents, and teachers—expressed their input on space requirements and aspirations. The hands-on workshops led to shared goals and guiding principles for the new facility: flexible interiors, sustainability, and powerful technology integration.

Fit on a narrow and sinuous site, the metal and glass building was designed to support the school’s knowledge-in-action academic model. The heart of the two-story facility will be a 6,000-square-foot makerspace—called the Design Realization Garage (DRG). Click to see the DRG virtually!  

d.tech design realization garage


Centered around the DRG, the building contains four modular learning neighborhoods, break-out spaces, enclosed outdoor learning spaces, and rooftop decks. Currently, XL Construction is completing the interior improvements and site work to meet the early 2018 opening goal.

About the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Structures Awards

The Silicon Valley Business Journal’s annual Structures Awards reveals the top projects and players in residential and commercial real estate, development, construction, and design. These unique awards shine impactful projects and people in these industries. Read more about all the Structure Awards here.

About DES Architects + Engineers

For over 40 years, DES Architects + Engineers has designed working, learning, and healing environments for our clients.  With offices in Redwood City and San Francisco, DES provides creative and sustainable solutions that serve the needs of education, healthcare, development, and science and technology clients.