The Sonoma County Office of Education sought to tackle an ongoing teacher shortage, with big ambitions for its new facility.

The county needed a Next Generation space that would accommodate their rapidly expanding teacher credential school and enabled prospective educators to collaborate, focus individually, learn, and grow.

With this in mind, ATI partnered with the Sonoma County Office of Education to design their new Teacher Learning Center and create an inviting educational facility for Sonoma’s growing teacher and administrative credential programs.

The overall sophisticated palette and design mimics the buildings natural setting, pulling inspiration from the creek on the east side.

Earth tones, nature-based patterns, and pebbled tiles were used throughout the facility, so the natural beauty of outdoors flows seamlessly indoors. The use of wood veneers and vertical wall tile patterns were inspired by the wooded surroundings, and provides juxtaposition to the modern open structure.

To further enhance the surrounding area’s distinct qualities, the shade screen structure on the front of the building reflects the Heritage Oak Trees that are found on site.

Upon entering is a 1,400 sf Networking Commons, the focal point of the facility. Vibrant red furniture and organic-shaped lighting fixtures were selected to harmonize with the buildings other finishes. An overhead garage door opens the space up to the outdoor patio.

The design includes two hoteling offices which allow for private meetings and conferencing.

Equipped with power, WiFi, and HDTV’s that let you ‘cast’ media from your phone, tablet, or computer. This Networking Commons serves as a place for students and teachers to meet individually or in groups.

“I have personally received a number of compliments on the facility and am very satisfied with every feature.“

Steven D. Herrington, Ph.D.

Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools

Across the open an airy floor plan is a Lounge that includes a kitchen slated with large white quartz islands. The space provides plenty of room to have coffee, on-the-go meals, or larger catered events.

Beyond the Networking Commons and the Lounge are four 960 sf classrooms. Glass partitions and large pivot doors separate this space from the common area.

Each classroom features movable walls that double as writable “whiteboard” surfaces and adaptive furniture that can be combined in a number of configurations, depending on the needs for that day.


The transformative design of this facility is just a small reflection of the next iteration of what exciting new things are to come for Sonoma County and their next generation of educators.



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