Emeryville Center of Community Life

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Welcome!

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This site is dedicated to sharing information and encouraging an open conversation about the Emeryville Center of Community Life. From here you can participate in the emerging community dialog and gain access to current and background information that will help inform the exchange of ideas and allow for an authentic community engagement process.

 

Draft Phase II Removal Action Workplan for the Soils at the ECCL Site.

Public review period March 21, 2014 through April 20, 2014.

To download the document click here.

Environmental Experts Studying ECCL Site

Soil Excavation, Analysis Will Determine Next Steps

An environmental investigation involving soil excavation at the Emeryville Center of Community Life site near the intersection of 53rd Street and San Pablo Avenue is expected to occur the week of Feb. 3.

Soil trenching will be conducted at 4727 San Pablo Ave. to investigate the source of methane vapors discovered in soil gas samples recovered in recent inspections. The work is the latest step in an ongoing investigation performed by a licensed contractor following strict safety procedures.

All environmental fieldwork will be conducted during normal business hours and no street closures are planned.

The work will be supervised and approved by the California Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control. California state law requires that all proposed new and expanding school sites undergo a complete environmental review and, if necessary, a clean-up to protect students, faculty and staff.

Results of all site investigations will be submitted to the state Department of Toxic Substances Control. There will be an assessment of whether hazardous substances are present and whether concentrations will require cleanup. The Emeryville Unified School

District will conduct a public hearing to discuss investigation results and receive public comment.

The Department of Toxic Substances Control will determine final outcome.

For further information or questions, contact Dave Gallaher, ECCL project manager, (510) 305-0920 or Dave.Gallaher@Emeryusd.k.12.ca.us

ECCL Construction Site Progress Update

Site Demolition Work: December 18, 2013 – January 9, 2014

 

 

New ECCL Project Construction Manager Named

Dave Gallaher Replaces Roy Miller

The Emery Unified School District (EUSD) has appointed Dave Gallaher as construction manager for the Emeryville Center of Community Life (ECCL) project.

Gallaher, with 33 years experience in private and public sector management in design, construction, and maintenance of school and industrial facilities, replaces Roy Miller, who is retiring as EUSD district architect and principal liaison for the ECCL project.

An independent consultant, Gallaher was previously employed as chief facilities officer at Hayward Unified School District, director of facilities development for Temecula Valley Unified School District, construction project manager for Mt. Diablo Unified School District, and project manager and facilities planner for Chevron.

Gallaher received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a California registered professional engineer.

“The ECCL project and the district are in good hands with Dave Gallaher as construction manager,” said EUSD Superintendent Dr. Debbra Lindo. “His experience is extremely relevant and invaluable for a city/school project like the ECCL.”

Gallaher is an interim replacement for Miller and will act as liaison for the City and District with ECCL contractors and architects.  The District will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a permanent construction management firm to oversee the building of the facility after June, 2014. The District will also begin a search for a full service Community Schools Manager to focus on ECCL services and programs when the facility is completed.

The ECCL is nearing final approvals and the start of construction. Final design was approved earlier this year and demolition of the site’s old buildings is underway. Final Division of State Architect (DSA) building permits are expected in early 2014, paving the way for construction contracts and a Joint Occupancy Agreement between the City and EUSD to be finalized.

The Emeryville Center of Community Life (ECCL) is a multi-use city-school campus and community center offering K-12 education, continual learning, recreational, health and social services for all Emeryville citizens. It’s an urban version of the old town square, a public space that provides opportunities for residents to interact, socialize and learn. The ECCL project, conceived and in planning for more than a decade, has been developed after more than 20 community design workshops resulting in nearly 50 hours of opinions and comments.

Draft Preliminary Environmental Assessment Document

To download click here.

 

ECCL Project Construction Shifts Into High Gear

City/School Site Activity Begins

“Emeryville’s Center of Community Life Is Coming!”

“Thank You, Emeryville, City of Emeryville and Emery Unified School District.”

Signs recently posted near the intersections of San Pablo Avenue with 53rd Street and with 47th Street signal the start of construction of the Emeryville Center of Community Life (ECCL).

After a dozen years of planning, initial construction activities for the ECCL city/school project are underway. These activities involve abatement and demolition of the existing school buildings by lead builder Turner Construction.

ECCL design work received approvals from the School Board and the City Council this past spring and blueprints are now under review by the Division of State Architect. Mitigation measures under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) have been identified and are incorporated in the project construction scope of work. The project recently achieved an important financial milestone with final assurance of the availability of remaining funds from the City of Emeryville. In addition, a Joint Occupancy Agreement between the City and EUSD is under consideration and is expected to be approved soon.

In the coming weeks, residents can expect to see abatement activities occurring at the site and then more extensive demolition work in December and in the early months of 2014. In addition to the signage at the perimeter of the project, construction fences are being installed.

EUSD Architect Roy Miller calls the project “trailblazing.” Special state legislation was required to make the partnership between the City of Emeryville and EUSD legally possible. The passage of AB 1080 in 2009 by the California legislature, introduced by Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) on behalf of EUSD, modified joint occupancy legal descriptions authorizing more extensive joint occupancy of buildings by school districts and other institutional partners.

The Emeryville Center of Community Life (ECCL) is a multi-use city-school campus and community center offering K-12 education, continual learning, recreational, health and social services for all Emeryville citizens. It’s an urban version of the old town square, a public space that provides opportunities for residents to interact, socialize and learn. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2015.

In planning stages for nearly 12 years, the final design and scope of the ECCL was achieved by collecting feedback from more than 20 community design workshops resulting in nearly 50 hours of opinions and comments.

EUSD is in the process of developing Full-service Community School curricula and programs in collaboration with the City of Emeryville that will complement the new facilities when the ECCL is completed in the fall of 2015.

Committed And Dedicated School Official Says Goodbye

School Architect Retires

Roy Miller Will Depart In January 2014

The Emery Unified School District (EUSD) has reluctantly accepted the resignation of District Architect Roy Miller.

Miller, an 11-year veteran of EUSD and principal liaison among the District, City of Emeryville and architects and engineers working on the 12-year Emeryville Center of Community Life (ECCL) city/school project, has decided to retire on Jan 11, 2014.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire District, we want to thank Roy for his years of service given to the community and the students,” said District Superintendent Debbra Lindo. “His dedication as a public servant and steward of the ECCL project has been instrumental in the realization of the ECCL dream. He truly deserves our respect and admiration for his seemingly tireless efforts to nurture the seed of an idea and coordinate the final design and approvals for this important civic endeavor.”

A key figure in the long and unchartered process of managing the development of the citizen-conceived ECCL city /school project, Miller describes the ECCL as “trailblazing.” “The ECCL is nothing less than groundbreaking,” said Miller, “EUSD and the city started out with a vision, a new way of bringing public resources to bear on the quality of life and quality of education in the community. It’s been an honor and an opportunity to work closely with city and school officials.”

“None of this has been easy,” continued Miller. “State legislation was required to make the partnership between the City of Emeryville and EUSD legal. But we’ve been told by many city and school officials across that state that they are appreciative of what we’ve done and the doors we’ve opened to make new things possible.”

The ECCL project is a city center incorporating elementary, intermediate and high school facilities with a library, health clinic and public meeting areas. It is designed to be the heart of the city – a meeting place and hub of civic and educational activity. In planning stages for more than a decade, the final design and scope of the ECCL was achieved by collecting feedback from more than 20 community design workshops resulting in nearly 50 hours of opinions and comments.

Miller’s duties will be split into two positions. EUSD will seek an interim replacement to manage the construction of the ECCL facility. The District will issue a request for proposal for a Construction Management firm to ultimately oversee the building and completion of the facility. And the district will begin a search for a full service Community Schools Director to focus on ECCL services and programs when the facility is completed in 2015.  

The ECCL is nearing final approval and the start of construction. Final design was approved earlier this year and mitigation measures under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) have been identified. A Joint Occupancy Agreement between the City and EUSD is under consideration and is expected to be approved soon.

“We are saddened by Roy’s departure,” said EUSD Board President Melodi Dice. “But we are grateful for the immense contributions he has so unselfishly given EUSD and the entire city. We wish Roy a well-deserved and happy retirement.”

“There is still a lot to do,” said Miller. “But the major pieces of the puzzle are in place. I’m positive that this is the right direction for the community.”

The Emeryville Center of Community Life (ECCL) is a multi-use city-school campus and community center offering K-12 education, continual learning, recreational, health and social services for all Emeryville citizens. It’s an urban version of the old town square, a public space that provides opportunities for residents to interact, socialize and learn. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2015.

ECCL Joint Occupancy Agreement Approved

City/School Center Achieves Another Milestone

The Emeryville Center of Community Life achieved a milestone recently when the California State Board of Education approved a Joint Occupancy Partnership Proposal between the Emery Unified School District and the City of Emeryville.

The formalization of the partnership between Emery Unified School District (EUSD) and the City of Emeryville is a critical step toward realization of a shared city-school campus and community center.

“Formal approval of the partnership proposal moves us closer to breaking ground for the ECCL,” said Debbra Lindo, EUSD Superintendent. “Our goal is to create a city center facility that incorporates elementary, intermediate and high school facilities with a library, public meeting areas, a new health clinic and other community services spaces. Research by educators, urban planners, and architects shows that community needs are best met when schools become hubs of civic and educational activity – the heart of a city.”

This Joint Occupancy approval was recently preceded by completion of the design of the ECCL project. After more than 10 years of public discussion, the final design and scope of the ECCL was achieved by collecting feedback from more than 20 community design workshops resulting in nearly 50 hours of opinions and comments. The information from this broad spectrum of Emeryville citizens and school personnel has been incorporated into the final design and site planning.

Approval of the Joint Occupancy partnership by the State Board of Education came pursuant to requirements created by the passage of AB 1080 in 2009 by the California Assembly. The legislation, introduced by Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) on behalf of EUSD, modified joint-occupancy legal descriptions authorizing more extensive joint occupancy of buildings by school districts and other institutional users who had entered into joint occupancy partnerships for that purpose.

“The school as a center of community life concept has deep historic roots in American culture,” said Supt. Lindo. “EUSD is in the process of developing a Full-service Community School curriculum that will complement the new facilities when the ECCL is completed in the fall of 2015.”

ECCL: Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration

An Initial Study prepared by the District was undertaken for the purpose of deciding whether the Emeryville Center of Community Life project may have a significant effect on the environment. On the basis of the Initial Study, District staff has concluded that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment and, therefore, has prepared a Mitigated Negative Declaration. Below is the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and the appendices to that document.

 

ECCL - Final Design Presentation

May 2, 2013

 

 

ECCL in the News

National League of Cities

City-School Partnership Advances Bold Vision for Center of Community Life in Emeryville, CA

March 29, 2013

By Michael Karpman

While agreements for the shared use of city and school district facilities are prevalent nationwide, the City of Emeryville, Calif., has taken this approach to a new level with its ambitious plan to build the Emeryville Center of Community Life. The project, which is scheduled to be completed by 2015, will bring together school and community services at one centrally located campus. Local leaders envision a one-stop location where families not only send their children to school, but also have access to afterschool programs, health and family support services, a library, child care and prekindergarten programs, a wide range of recreation opportunities, college classes, and job training courses. City and school district officials have worked together for more than a decade to make this bold vision a reality.

From Joint Use to Integrated Services

The concept of joint use is not new to the City of Emeryville and Emery Unified School District (EUSD), which had previously developed agreements to utilize school sports fields, gyms, pools, classrooms, and other facilities for city recreation programming. Yet in 2001, the bankruptcy and state takeover of EUSD prompted city and school board leaders to identify ways to operate more efficiently and effectively, and the city has loaned the district money as it worked with the state to overcome its financial difficulties.

The concept of joint use is not new to the City of Emeryville and Emery Unified School District (EUSD), which had previously developed agreements to utilize school sports fields, gyms, pools, classrooms, and other facilities for city recreation programming. Yet in 2001, the bankruptcy and state takeover of EUSD prompted city and school board leaders to identify ways to operate more efficiently and effectively, and the city has loaned the district money as it worked with the state to overcome its financial difficulties.

A joint master planning process for education and youth services brought community residents and leaders together to develop a more coordinated and cost-effective approach for serving children, youth and families. In particular, local officials determined that the district should bring elementary and secondary school facilities to one campus, thereby reducing overhead costs associated with operating the existing set of buildings for the city's small student population.

Co-locating additional community resources would provide what city officials describe as "cradle-to-cradle" services that meet the needs of families at every stage of life and create new opportunities for adults to mentor youth and for older students to mentor younger students. The completed Center will also include courtyards, plazas, playgrounds, and multi-use sports fields, making it a vibrant hub of community life.

Assets and Challenges

Emeryville is fortunate to have many unique assets upon which to draw as it pursues this major project. The city is situated in a 1.2-mile urban area between Oakland and Berkeley, and has a population of about 10,000 residents. Yet the number of individuals in the city swells to 30,000 during the day as workers commute to the many corporate offices in the city, which include the headquarters of Pixar Animation Studios, as well as offices for Bayer, Novartis and State Farm. These companies provide the city with a strong commercial tax base, and the chamber of commerce has played a key role in generating support for local plans from the business community.

The city has also faced its own challenges in promoting equity for its diverse youth population and in identifying an appropriate location for the Center in a region where property values are high and land is scarce. Ultimately, the city decided to redevelop the site of the existing high school, building upward by incorporating a multi-story design. The district is currently leasing an unused school building in Oakland for its high school students as the Center is under construction.

Much of the funding for the project derives from a large school district bond measure passed by nearly 80 percent of local voters, with additional funds sought from grants and state school construction funding. While the state's closure of local redevelopment agencies was a major setback, it has not stopped the project from moving forward.

The city and EUSD have developed or are in the process of developing memoranda of understanding for building, governing and operating the Center, including agreements for joint use of Center facilities. Partnerships with Alameda County Health Department, Berkeley City College and other organizations will make it possible to offer the wide variety of education, health, and recreation services that the community envisions for the Center.

"The Center will be the nexus of the community...the commons of Emeryville which brings all of the city's stakeholders together under one roof for education, socialization, fitness, and play," said Community Services Director Cindy Montero.

www.nlc.org/media-center/news-search/city-school-partnership-advances-bold-vision-for-center-of-community-life-in-emeryville-calif

Design Development Images - April 2013

The following images illustrate 'snapshots' of the current design as well as several key interior spaces.

For more detailed information please check out the full presentation: Community Design Development Presentation (April 20, 2013) 5 MB, pdf format

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Gateway to Emeryville View of the Community Multi-use room and K-8 entry from the corner of San Pablo Avenue and 53rd Street

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High School Entrance View along 47th Street. Community and School Library at the corner of San Pablo (street level) High School Classrooms on 2nd level

Community Commons - evening

Community Commons View from 2nd level terrace illustrating a musical performance at the community stage during non-school hours

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Community Commons View of the Community Commons during school hours and K-5 recess. The Community Canvas is visible to the left of the image.

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K-8 Building Overlooks the Athletic Fields to the west. The School Multi-use room and dining terrace are visible to the right of the image. The K-8 school entrance is at the left of the image along with a portion of the Community Canvas beyond

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School Multi-Use Moveable walls allow flexibility for the space to be reconfigured to suit a variety of functions. Glass walls provide views toward the athletic fields (left) and Community Commons (right)

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School and Community Library serves both school and community. A library classroom / community meeting room and a computer center are visible beyond the reading room while a community cafe connects to the library and courtyard (not visible - behind this view)

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Commuity Welcome Center A light-filled two-story space serves as a one-stop resource center and provides information on Community Service programs as well as access to the Teen Activity Center on the plaza level and Family Resource Center and School-based health clinic on the floor above. The Welcome Center opens onto the landscaped Community Plaza with access to the Community Multi-use space and Senior Lounge.

Science Classroom

Typical Science Classroom provides a rich, technology-based environment for project-based science learning. Ample light, open and lockable storage and overhead retracting electrical power enable maximum space flexibility.

Community Presentation - Design Development

On April 20 2013, The Nexus Partners presented the Design Development at a Community Meeting held at Ralph Hawley School. Members of the community were invited to share ideas for incorporating learning elements, cultural meaning and local history into the Community Canvas and other site features. To view the presentation click the links below. As soon as it becomes available we will post the results of the Community Interactive voting

 

EUSD Board of Trustees Presentation - Design Development Presentation

On April 10 2013, The Nexus Partners presented the Design Development to the School Board for a first reading. To view the presentation click the links below

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Announcing Upcoming Community Presentation Date!

The Nexus Partners will be holding community presentation to discuss the developing design of the ECCL and receive community comments. The presentation will occur on Saturday April 20, 2013 from 10am-12pm at the Ralph Hawley School Multi Purpose Room, located at 1275 61st. St. in Emeryville. Please encourage neighbors friends to attend. Light refreshments and daycare for young children will be provided. See you then!

 

Schematic Design Approved by both School Board and City School Committee

A key milestone has been reached! The ECCL Schematic Design has been approved by both the EUSD Board of Trustees and the City School Committee. These approvals keep the project design on schedule for an August 2015 opening date and allow Nexus Partners and its technical team to proceed into the Design Development phase with a scheduled approval date of this work in March-April 2013. Links to both presentations can be found in the Archives & Reports section or through the links below:

 

Community Design Workshop 8 Summary

Thank you to all who participated in the 8th Community Workshop to shape the ECCL! The workshop was well represented by youth and students who also participated in the presentation of materials to the Community. A wide range of images of other buildings and community centers around the world were presented to the participants in order to understand what types of architectural language and composition might be appropriate for the ECCL. Using interactive voting, the paritcipants weighed in on what resonated positively and what did not. From this exercise, the design team will be able to work more effectively to develop an architecture that the community and users will find most pleasing. The image set and the Community voting results are provided below. Additional materials will be uploaded here as they become available including community voting responses to the conceptual design presentation and additional areas of concern requiring further development.

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Community Design Workshop 7 Summary

Members of the Emeryville Community as well as users and staff reviewed the approved City / Schools Conceptual Design and also weighed in on the emerging conversation of what the ECCL should look like through the use of interactive voting technology. The materials presented are now posted below as well as in the Archives & Reports section.

Community Design Workshop 7 - Conceptual Design Presentation

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ECCL Conceptual Design - Site Organization and Massing (above)

To view materials from the previous Community Design Workshops please check the Archives.

 

Conceptual Design Finalization: City Schools Committee Presentation

Please click the link below to view the March 1, 2012 City Schools Presentation. The committee will be considering the approval of the final conceptual design for the ECCL, setting the stage for the Schematic Design process to commence. The schematic design process begins where conceptual design ends, and is a continuation of the design process with much more community input ahead. While general building placement and general massing on the site will be considered fixed as of the completion of Conceptual design much more design work is ahead. Schematic design begins the process that many consider to be "real architect rue". It is in this stage that the Nexus Partners will, with your ongoing input, begin to study the aesthetics ("look and feel" of the buildings), and outdoor landscape as well as developing the interior spaces and more technical requirements of the facility.

Community Design Workshop 6 Summary

Thank you to all who participated in the 6th Community Workshop to shape the ECCL! Joe Feldman led us through a discussion of "small schools" - what they are and how this concept applies to the ECCL. The materials presented are posted below as well as in the Archives & Reports section. To view materials from the previous Community Design Workshops please check the Archives.

Community Design Workshop 5 Summary

Hayin Kim led a community conversation about Community Programs: Understanding a Community School Approach. The materials presented are posted below as well as in the Archives & Reports section. To view materials from the previous Community Design Workshops please check the Archives.

Conceptual Design Presentation

Nexus Partners presented the proposed Conceptual Design to the City / School Committee on October 6, 2011. The design team worked to incorporate and address the many ideas discussed in Community Design Workshops 1 & 2. The file is rather large (12mb), so please be patient when downloading. Conceptual Design Presentation

About this website

Together with support and guidance from the City of Emeryville , the Emery Unified School District (EUSD), and the Citizens' Oversight Committee (C.O.C.) The Nexus Partners have undertaken the development of this site to permit a greater level of participation by the Emeryville community in the shaping of the future Emeryville Center of Community Life (ECCL). The Nexus Partners is comprised of three design firms: MKThink , Concordia , and dsk.

This site will evolve rapidly as information becomes available and as the community voice takes its rightful place in the conversation. With your patience and your input we will try to make this website as user friendly as possible and the information it shares transparent to all. Keep in mind this site is a work in progress and if additional tools can be added to support enhanced information sharing and encourage greater participation we will make every reasonable attempt to make this site responsive to your needs. If you have any thoughts or comments about how we can improve this interface, please contact us.

How can you participate?


If you would like to share your opinions please do so - we want to encourage broad participation. By clicking here or the link "Join the Conversation" in the navigation pane of this page you will be directed to a site hosted by Ning which provides a platform for two-way community conversations, a blog and a community forum, and image & video sharing. We will work to integrate this site with other familiar social networking sites to facilitate your preferred method of communicating and staying informed.

This website is designed specifically for you to interact with other members of the Emeryville community as well as the design and consultant team, city & school leaders that will help direct the ECCL design toward the solution that is both right-sized and valued by the community it will serve. To participate in the Ning site you will need to create a user profile and answer a few simple demographic questions. If you need instructions to join for the first time click here. Once you've created your user profile you will not need to go through this process again.

Activities, Timelines and Current Work


To stay up to date with current and future activities related to the ECCL there are several resources available. Click the 'At-A-Glance Calendar' link to view the range of anticipated work and associated timelines.

For more specific information related to current work and work products click the links labeled "Facilities Development", "Relationship Development" and "Project Supports" at the top of the page

Concept Images from the Nexus Partners


The following images were prepared by the Nexus Partners during the architectural selection process in 2009. For a link to the abbreviated presentation click here. These images in no way represent a final design solution, but rather ideas that were explored during the design team selection process in 2009 and are offered here in the interest of sharing early ideas with a broader community audience. The Nexus Partners looks forward to a more direct community engagement process to advance the design further.

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1. View from the community terrace overlooking the commons. Click on the image for a 3D animation that leads to this view

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2. View from within the community library overlooking the commons. Click on the image for a 3D animation that leads to this view

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3. A day in the life of the ECCL - How can we avoid designing single purpose spaces that are often left empty and unused during the week. We are thinking of ways to extend the utilization of every space to avoid unused rooms to the greatest extent possible. See how these three images suggest how this can happen: School Use during weekday daytime hours - View from the second level terrace serving learning studios overlooking the commons. Click on the image for a 3D animation that leads to this view

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4. A day in the life of the ECCL - Public access after school hours - afternoon weekdays & weekends - View from the second level terrace serving after school community classes and activities overlooking the commons. Click on the image for a 3D animation that leads to this view

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5. A day in the life of the ECCL - Public access after school hours - evenings / weekdays & weekends - View from the second level terrace overlooking the commons hosting a community event. Click on the image for a 3D animation that leads to this view

ECCL Background & Vision

Introduction

Many cities today struggle with the realities of modern times: transient populations, busy schedules, long commutes, reliance on technological conveniences, distrust of the unfamiliar, and the challenges of economic disparity and population displacement. The consequent habit that results, a kind of urban anonymity and isolation within the density of the place, often takes us away from knowing our neighbors and feeling individually responsible for our collective community.

The significant advancements in Emeryville over the last decade or so could potentially take us down this path of urban detachment, inaccessibility, and isolation. However, the City of Emeryville also consciously and intentionally believes that, even in our most challenging times, it is through our relationships and with a clear understanding of our common humanity that we have been able to carve an innovative and imaginative path to a better future.

It is because of these convictions that we seize this moment as an opportunity to pause, reflect on our history, consider our resources, and imagine the community that we want to become. At the core of this vision is our collective commitment to interrupting an otherwise inevitable trajectory towards that dense urban anonymous environment that no one wishes to create. Instead of traveling that route, we intend to realize our dream of an Emeryville that is finely aligned with our deeply held beliefs about the factors that build a high quality civic environment.

Today we seek to accentuate what makes Emeryville a different kind of modern city. We wish to create a city where you can chat with your elected representatives, a city that thrives with the participation of its local businesses, a city defined by its residents and their relationships, a city that acknowledges and works on the difficult challenges of inequity and racial complexity, a city that invests in its future through its young people, a city that respects the experience and expertise embodied in its seniors, and a city that understands and lives by the saying that “it takes a village”.

We recognize though many other cities struggle with these questions, there are a few models to follow. We believe that our honesty and dedication to this vision, however, equips us to pursue original and creative ideas, processes, and outcomes. We invite you, citizens and businesses of Emeryville, to join us in these efforts.

Vision

The Emeryville Center of Community Life is a joint project of the City of Emeryville and the Emery Unified School District. When completed the complex will include significant new square footage plus additional renovated square footage. It will be constructed at the site of the existing Emery Secondary School, replacing and/or incorporating the existing one story school facility with a new multi-story, multi-use campus. The site has potential to incorporate an elementary school, secondary school, community center, and space for social service providers.

While still to be designed, outdoor spaces would include multi-use sports fields, playgrounds, a community courtyard, and a series of paths and plazas. The new Center is envisioned to incorporate a range of sustainable features including passive elements such as daylighting and natural ventilation, as well as active systems such as water conserving fixtures and photovoltaic solar panels to generate energy on site. When completed, it truly will become the heart of the diverse and vibrant community that is Emeryville.

Key Outcomes

A unique and special place where schools, community services, arts and recreation programs are integrated to serve the entire Emeryville Community.

A place that will transform the quality of life for all citizens of Emeryville by offering educational, recreational, cultural and social opportunities, and a variety of services and programs to support lifelong learning and healthy lifestyles.

Public access to facilities and services for art, music and dance, job training, after school activities, fitness, technology, and health and social services.

A continuum of services for everyone from infants to senior
citizens, including health and family support programs, academic and career counseling, pre-kindergarten programs and parent resources.

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