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Nystrom Elementary School Modernization and Expansion, Richmond Nystrom

Interactive Resources was the architect and structural engineer-of-record for the modernization and expansion of the historic Nystrom Elementary School building, originally constructed in 1943 by Kaiser Company for the US Maritime Commission as the primary elementary school for the children of the workers in the nearby s...hipyards. The project included a complete modernization and historic restoration of the two-story classroom and administration building and the construction of a brand new 13,000 square foot state-of-the-art multipurpose building (completed in 2012), designed to double as a community center for the surrounding neighborhood. The entire campus was renovated, reconstructed and redesigned, including improvements to adjacent streets and sidewalks and all new parking and play areas.

The project was designed to meet the criteria of the Collaborative Initiative for High Performance Schools, and received funding from the State of California through the DSA’s High Performance Incentive program. The school and grounds incorporate many sustainable design features, including a “landscape for learning” where each class can have their own garden, re-use of the old maple flooring on the second floor, countertops made from recycled paper, and recycled glass bottles, and re-use of over 75% of the exterior redwood siding.

Nystrom School is also eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places because of its association with the Richmond Shipyards and Rosie the Riveter WW II Home Front National Historical Park.

The school modernization is part of the Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE) that is a comprehensive revitalization effort for the Nystrom neighborhood surrounding the Nystrom Elementary school, a partnership involving the City of Richmond, the West Contra Costa Unified School District, Contra Costa County, the Richmond Community Foundation, and the National Park Service. See http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/1939/NURVE for more about NURVE.