J.O.Ford Elementary School
West Contra Costa Unified School District
Richmond, CA

With Sally Swanson Architects, Inc.

exterior photo of main plaza entrance
exterior photo of library


This new $19M public elementary school proposes ambitious and positive visions for the students and community, despite tight security and land area limitations.

Ford Elementary is a Collaborative for High Performance School (CHPS).



interior view of entrance stairway

interior photo of second floor hallway with natural light
interior photo of library







Read more about the design in the San Francisco Chronicle and at SSA.

Master Planning, Facility Assesment,
Architectural Design Assistance 2006-2007





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