When a private foundation stepped forward to provide the funding for this northern California public charter school campus, the intention was to create a model for future schools that was environmentally friendly and an inspiring learning space.
The result is a 77,000-square-foot building where half the learning spaces ASSOCIATED FIRMKibler & Kibler Architecture & EngineeringCAPACITY550COST PER SQ FT$325.00CITATIONElementary School CitationFEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio outdoors, despite being in a region with hot, dry summers and cold, rainy winters. With an emphasis on performing arts, the indoor portion of the school is centered on an outdoor theater with indoor music classrooms that convert to outdoor stages with large bi–fold doors as weather permits.
Small-scale outdoor cafes take the place of a cafeteria, with several classroom courtyards and galleries all open to the weather, providing students with an understanding of how critical weather is to their everyday lives.
An innovative evaporative fan cooling and radiant heating system provide economical climate control for a smoother transition between the indoor and outdoor environment. It all adds up to an energy-use intensity (EUI) value of 15, making this what could be the most energy-efficient school in the United States.
"Innovative plan with elegant, comfortable learning environments. Exciting and creative use of the exterior spaces."--2011 Jury