For the new Clackamas High School, the driving theme was to build more than just a high school. The goal was to create a flexible, uplifting and inspiring facility, with form and function aimed at superior indoor environments and enhanced learning. The benefits of natural lighting and ventilation for heightened learning are well-documented, and every aspect of the CAPACITY1,800COST PER SQ FT$122.81FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio was designed to take full advantage of these natural resources. With simplicity as the guide, the design employed elements and techniques such as thermal massing, shading and light shelves to create a building so balanced that it requires only the minimum in mechanical systems.
Energy conservation, resource efficiency and environmental responsibility were integral to the school’s design. The project was selected by the Rocky Mountain Institute Energy Foundation as one of only four national models to receive grants for energy studies and serves as a test case for performance-based compensation for exceptional efficiency.