Year: 2005
Award Type: Award of Merit
Territory: SCE Territory
Location: Long Beach, CA
Owner: Long Beach Unified School District
Developer: Long Beach Unified School District
Architect: LPA, Inc.
Market Segement:
School / University
Square Footage: 75,000
Type of Building:
School
Award Credit:

Mechanical Engineer

Fundament and Associates

Lighting Engineer

Fundament and Associates

Photography

Cris Costea

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Cesar Chavez Elementary School

Cesar Chavez Elementary School

Cesar Chavez Elementary School

Cesar Chavez Elementary School

Located in a once blighted downtown redevelopment area, this K-5 school was envisioned in combination with a community park as a catalyst for redevelopment and community pride. It includes classrooms, an onsite health clinic, a joint use gymnasium, hard courts, and a lunch shelter. Sited on an extremely restrictive 2.5 acres, it encompasses 75,000 square feet of enclosed space and performs 29.3 percent better than Title 24 requirements.

“The ability to integrate innovative environmental technologies into a well-sculpted building is a tough job and done extremely well in this project,” declared the jurors. They complimented the building’s use of color, its relationship to the open space, and its simple, integrated, and repeatable design. The innovative project solved many sustainable issues while challenged by severe budget constraints. It played on a very tight urban site by developing the park, carefully considering shared use and the health and support of the entire community in environmental and social terms. “It’s the kind of long-term reality that we need in order to build wonderful places for children,” the jurors concluded, “not just when they’re in school but the whole time.”

    Notable Accomplishments

  • Performs 29.3 percent better than Title 24 requirements.

Jurors

  • Nancy Clanton, PE, LC, IALD

    Title: President
    Company: Clanton & Associates
    Location: Boulder, CO

    Nancy Clanton, PE, LC, IALD

    Nancy Clanton is founder and president of Clanton & Associates, a lighting design firm specializing in sustainable design. Nancy speaks throughout the nation on topics relating to sustainable and energy-efficient design and light pollution and has been an instructor at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is past chairperson of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Outdoor Environmental Lighting Committee and a past director of the International Association of Lighting Designers, and is currently on the board of the International Dark Sky Association. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Committee of Environmental Building News, is a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Engineering Department at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and is a member of the United States Green Building Council.

    She was group leader for the “Greening of the White House” initiative and received the 1999 “Contribution to the Built Environment Award” from the Colorado North Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

  • Katherine Diamond, FAIA

    Title: Design Principal
    Company: RNL Design
    Location: Los Angeles, CA

    Katherine Diamond, FAIA

    Katherine (Kate) Diamond, FAIA is the Design Principal for RNL’s Los Angeles office. Prior to joining RNL, Kate built a strong design reputation as principal and lead designer of her own practice, Siegel Diamond Architecture. Kate brings a lifetime of personal commitment to sustainable design of design excellence to build RNL’s leadership in energy efficient design dating back to the 70s energy crisis.

    Kate continues to design multiple LEED-rated projects. In addition to her architectural experience, Kate has played a role in developing sustainable design guidelines for the cities of Santa Monica and San Gabriel and in organizing a variety of urban design charettes that focused on the integration of green principles.

  • Robert Noble, AIA

    Title: CEO, Design Principal
    Company: Tucker Sadler Group
    Location: San Diego, CA

    Robert Noble, AIA

    Robert Noble, AIA, is CEO and Design Principal of Tucker Sadler, a 40-member, 50-year-old diversified design practice based in San Diego, with offices in Arkansas and projects nationwide. Robert has been an architect, industrial designer, and technology entrepreneur for 25 years and has been responsible for a number of environmentally advanced building and material technologies, and sustainable design projects. He and his work have been published internationally and have been the recipient of prestigious design and environmental awards including: The Edison Award for Environmental Achievement, “E-Town” Environmental Achievement Award (awarded on National Public Radio); California Integrated Waste Management Award and Popular Science “100 Best New Technologies” (1993).

    He is LEED accredited, is past Chair and one of the founding board members of the US Green Building Council of San Diego and is currently president-elect of the San Diego Chapter of the AIA.


Award Credit

Mechanical Engineer

Fundament and Associates

Lighting Engineer

Fundament and Associates

Photography

Cris Costea

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