Degenkolb served as the Structural Engineer of Record on the new $51 million, 78,000 sq. ft. Mangini Ranch Elementary School. The project is the first of its kind for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, implementing a new, single-building design concept for the elementary school serving Kindergarten through 5th Grade.
The single-building campus consists of five seismically separate areas and an interior bridge. These areas include high-tech classrooms, administration, a gymnasium, and multi-purpose spaces that can be used for dining, performances, and gatherings. The two-story steel structure was designed to have a special moment frame lateral system that uses SidePlate connections, composite floor beams/deck, and a bare metal deck roof.
From a design perspective, the building allows for a smaller footprint, improved energy efficiency, and enhanced security. From a learning standpoint, classrooms situated in clusters make way for exterior collaboration and flexible spaces. Any one point in the building can be accessed within a couple of minutes, as opposed to walking a distance across a sprawling campus. Upon entering the building through a single point of access, students are greeted with a grand staircase, which serves as a gathering space and the real heart of the school.