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Phillip J. Patiño School of Entrepreneurship

Darden Architects, Inc.

Project Name

Phillip J. Patiño School of Entrepreneurship


2000 E Cambridge Ave


Project Status


Year Completed



30,876 sq. feet

Construction Cost



Fresno Unified School District


  • Grant Dodson
  • Antonio Avila
  • Martin Ilic
  • Greg Pope


  • Structural Engineer: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc.
  • Civil Engineer: Blair Church & Flynn Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: Hardin-Davidson Engineering
  • : Lawrence Nye Carlson Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Robert Boro Landscape Architect



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Project Description

This school is the only one of its type in the Nation. No other school in the United States offers students the daily immersive education in Entrepreneurship found at the Phillip J. Patiño School of Entrepreneurship. Architectural design for this truly specialized learning facility necessitated an expert understanding of the concept and teaching methods. The main classroom building features 13 versatile tech-ready teaching stations including two double sized rooms which are used for collaborative learning and lecture. Located off the main entrance is the “Shark-Tank” room. This space will be used for larger student presentations and business “pitches.” This room features an interactive wide-screen media wall. The second building serves as a mixed-use hub for the student body: offering Cafeteria with adjacent outdoor patio divided by a transparent operable wall. At the buildings west end a suite of business-style offices and collaboration space has been included as a form of library and learning lab. Many design features have been included to promote an High performance learning environment including: LED lighting throughout, Cool roofing, preservation and addition of shade trees, Energy Management System, in-classroom acoustical dampening, Low-water fixtures & landscaping and shaded natural light in classrooms.
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