Novo Community School

Owner:  Santa Clara County Office of Education
Architect:  Weston Miles Architects

Situated on an urban infill site, the classroom building and administration building contain everything conducive to learning for the high-risk students they serve.

Project Overview

The classroom building consists of three 960-square-foot classrooms enhanced with teaching walls with sliding marker boards, six feet of upper and lower cabinets with a 24-inch-wide teacher’s wardrobe and VCT flooring at the entry and stainless steel sink location. An interior door on each center wall allows students to interact with their peers and change classes, as in a comprehensive school. Awning windows measuring 6’6″ x 6’6″ allow for fresh air and provide abundant natural lighting.

The administration building includes a similar 960-square-foot classroom; four resource rooms; an open reception area with VCT flooring at the entry; multi-fixture men’s and women’s restrooms; a janitor room with a mop, sink, water heater and covered sheet vinyl flooring; and an IDF room with VCT flooring.

A 7-foot rough-sawn plywood exterior with vertical battens and horizontal trim below 3 feet of three-coat site-applied stucco showcase the buildings within the neighborhood surroundings, and custom storefront doors and awning windows make the buildings inviting to students and staff. The aesthetics and thoughtfully designed interior spaces embody the mission of the Novo Community School and reflect the pride of the students who attend the facility.


Santa Clara County Office of Education


San Jose, CA

Project Scope and Size

A 72′ x 40′ 2,880-square-foot classroom building and a 60′ x 40′ 2,400-square-foot administration building.

Three 960 sq. ft classrooms








Key Building Features

  • Custom exterior finishes
  • Storefront doors and large, custom awning windows
  • WIC casework
  • Teaching walls with sliding marker boards
  • Gold Bond Hi-Impact XP Gypsum Board
  • City of San Jose–specified light-pollution reduction fixtures
  • Shed roofs with 3-foot front and rear overhangs
  • ADA high/low drinking fountains
  • Fully equipped restrooms with low-flow fixtures and FORTACRETE.

From Our Clients

“It is so great to see all of our children back at school. I really did miss them over the summer! And it is an extra special treat that our children are now in classrooms that are much more conducive for learning. The favorite comment from the children is, ‘the bathrooms are so clean and there’s green handles for the flushers.’ You have to love children’s expressions; I smile all day long.”

Kathleen Brewster

Albert Schweitzer Elem. School

“The Evergreen School District has used Enviroplex buildings for over ten years. We have purchased over 150 classrooms, bathrooms, and library buildings in various configurations. The newer configurations with pitched metal roofs, stucco-like finish, thicker installation, and internal HVAC units have been well received by our teachers and community. We also appreciate Enviroplex’s commitment to deliver the buildings on time for our accelerated eight-week summer construction schedule. During the last two years we have purchased 39 units, and they were all received during the one week window we gave Enviroplex.”

James Crawford

Evergreen School District

“Our students and teachers are truly enjoying and appreciating your classrooms. Enviroplex delivered this project as promised, on time, per specification and with minimal change orders. I realize how difficult this can be on a multi-million dollar project. We are entirely satisfied with the feel and sound quality of your concrete paneled floor system. I have heard zero complaints from our “1st Floor Teachers”. Thank you again for a very favorable construction experience.”

Roy Miller

Emery Unified School District

“We are thrilled with the result of our beautiful renovation. We now have 5 new classrooms to replace our ‘1962’ portables and trailer. It has been exhilarating to watch the weekly progress this summer. Our landscaping, classroom and parking lot makeover has greatly improved our community school.”

Kathleen Brewster

Albert Schweitzer Elem. School