August 2015


Let’s go back to the beginning; all the way back to our first Emily™ classroom…

It was back in 2003 when ATI first designed Emily™. Mount Diablo USD had a need to replace old classroom buildings and expand their school sites. We not only wanted to win this project but we wanted to create a design that would become a learning environment of the future. We envisioned these classrooms being built at every school district.

In our mind, the classroom of the future had to be adaptable to various educational specifications. It needed to have a fast construction schedule. It needed to be permanent construction and built on-site, opposed to portable or modular construction.

And so the process began… It began with thinking about the learning environment and of those who would use them. We sought guidance from students, teachers, administrators, contractors, vendors, and facilities personnel. We asked them what they needed, what was important in their classroom, and what they wished for the future.

Then with time, what began life as Abigail shaped into Beatrice and finally came to full fruition as Emily™…These classroom buildings can be found throughout the Mt. Diablo USD as well as throughout the State of California. Today, over 1,000 Emily™ classrooms have been built and we thank all of our School District clients for challenging us to not only just design, but to develop a classroom of the future.

If your school is thinking about expanding or rebuilding, we encourage you to meet Emily™. We think you’ll agree that her performance earns an A+.