Sharwin Charter School Academy

Sacramento, California

The facilities design team at Sharwin Charter School Academy went through a comprehensive and collaborative design process to develop a solution to its facility challenges.

The team sought a school and community facility program that would be aesthetically dynamic and functionally efficient, while being financially and environmentally responsible. The facilities ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY770COST PER SQ FT$148.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress was developed through a collaborative effort of the school staff, parents and design professionals following the California Department of Education specification parameters. To design an environmentally responsible building, the architect used the LEED Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The design solution uses simple geometries, elements and materials to enhance the facades of budget-sensitive building configurations, thus meeting the goal of dynamic architecture on budget. The focal plaza colonnade and elevator tower achieve this goal by creating an inviting gathering place, while eliminating circulation and additional elevators.