Michelle Obama Elementary School, formerly Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, celebrated with a virtual grand opening ceremony through Facebook on October 29. The event was attended by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board, District Superintendent Matthew Duffy, and other community leaders. The celebration revealed many of the new campus’ facilities, such as its capacity for over 600 students and 53,000 square feet of interior space, which includes multidisciplinary classrooms and learning center spaces for group instruction and hands-on learning for a modern 21st century pedagogy. The new school has three learning suites with 13 learning studios, three project rooms, and three open classrooms, as well as a Kindergarten complex of five classrooms.
In 2018, the old school was completely torn down to prepare for a $38 million design-build project. The school presented the name change and won unanimous approval from the members of the district board. Not only does the school believe the name change will help inspire their students and local community, but it represents the school’s core values of agency, collaboration, community, and joy.
SMC was the Construction Manager on the project for the district, and we are proud to have helped our client reach their goal to provide a first-class educational environment for the children of Richmond, CA.