New R. Roger Rowe design approved

Coming soon to the new Rowe near you: climbing walls, trickling water fountains and a pond.

At their Feb. 5 meeting, the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board finalized their approval of the R. Roger Rowe renovation’s design and color scheme.

The board members were pleased with the school’s new look, which took a team of community members including Ty Miller, Peter Janopaul, Bill Beckman and Jack Queen to create.

“I’m blown away by what the community was able to deliver with our tax dollars,” board President Carlie Headapohl said. “It really fits in this community, it will be quite an addition and really something that everyone will be proud of.”

At Thursday night’s meeting, board members looked at swatches of carpet, tiles and paint colors. Tack board on one wall of the administration office allows for student artwork to come up and down without leaving a mark.

The board also saw a digital Building Information Model, a three-dimensional walk-though of what the campus will look like. Not only is it a sneak-peek at the new Rowe, it’s also used for analysis to make sure all construction conflicts and problems are found ahead of time.

Debi Vaughn-Clef of Trittipo Architecture said they were aiming for a “village look,” not just flat architecture. The performing arts center features an eye-catching arched entryway and rosette windows.

A tiled wall fountain to create white noise to filter through the small corridor is planned for the walls outside the administration building.

Courtyard areas are designed for to enhance the educational experience, with small amphitheaters for outside instruction.

The new kindergarten play area includes a climbing wall, play structures, a reading circle and a lunch area. The science lab will have a shallow pond in an outside learning space that teachers already have plenty of ideas for.

“It’s a tight space but we’re getting the maximum use out of it,” Superintendent Lindy Delaney said.

The BIM tour and other renovation renderings will be available on the district Web site, at