Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - high schools

Designers: DES Architects and Engineers (firm); C. Thomas Gilman (architect); Steven Mincey (engineer)

Dates: constructed 2018

2 stories, total floor area: 64,000 sq. ft.

275 Oracle Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065

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High-tech behemoth Oracle Corporation, headquartered in Redwood City, CA, first sponsored a charter school in 2014, providing funding so that students could excel in STEM disciplines and provide talented workers for Silicon Valley companies like itself. It opened this new facility on its corporate campus in early 2018, to give back to the community and to enhance this process of worker development. DES Architects and Engineers of Redwood City, CA, designed the new building.

Building History

DES Architects + Engineers designed this charter school for Oracle Corporation and the San Mateo Unified School District. Tom Gilman of DES was the Partner in Charge of the "" project.

The DES Architects Engineers web site said of the Design Tech High School in 2020: "Adjacent to the San Francisco Bay, Design Tech High School ( is a ribbon-like building that runs along the edge of Oracle’s Silicon Valley campus—tying the natural shoreline, school, and tech campus together. Capturing the region’s entrepreneurial spirit, provides a platform for students to learn, experiment, and create. With a warehouse-like aesthetic, the interior acts as a blank canvas and tool shed for students and teachers to utilize in a myriad of ways. Break-out spaces are dispersed throughout the plan in a variety of types and scales, creating the connective spine of the building. At the heart of the school is a two-floor makerspace that provides flexible workshops for hands-on learning." (See DES Architects +, "Design Tech High School, Redwood City, CA," accessed 02/27/2020.)

PCAD id: 23362