Year: 2006
Award Type: Award of Honor
Territory: PG&E Territory
Location: Los Altos, CA
Owner: Los Altos School District
Developer: Los Altos School District
Architect: Gelfand Partners Architects
Market Segement:
School / University
Square Footage: 21,000
Type of Building:
School
Award Credit:

Mechanical Engineer

MHC Engineers

Energy Science Consultant

Block Energy Design

Photography

Dave Edwards, Mark Luthringer

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Santa Rita Elementary School - Photo Credit: Dave Edwards

Santa Rita Elementary School - Photo Credit: Mark Luthringer

Santa Rita Elementary School - Photo Credit: Mark Luthringer

Santa Rita Elementary School

Santa Rita Elementary School, an existing public school project on 14 acres, modernized permanent buildings, added classrooms, and converted an existing classroom to new school offices. The 21,000-square-foot project qualified for a Savings By Design incentive as well as state energy efficiency grants by beating Title 24 by 35 percent through a combination of envelope improvements, increased daylight, daylight compensation lighting controls, and innovative HVAC.

New interventions include the addition of patios adjacent to each classroom, skylights in the existing walkways and new rooms added to an existing classroom block. These interventions completely change the operation, look and feel of the campus, creating a hierarchy of outdoor circulation and social spaces and expanding teaching space into previously underutilized outdoor areas.

The jurors called this beautifully executed adaptive reuse project a good model for other schools to emulate. They praised the project for its keen attention to essential details and strong daylighting and ventilation solutions, calling it “honest — that is, straightforward and highly effective, not exotic or overly costly.”

The jurors appreciated the project’s messages: You can start later on with an older project and still accomplish an enormous amount through a carefully integrated design; you can achieve high efficiency on a modest budget and simultaneously create a better learning environment for children. “This project hit a home run with one pitch,” the jurors concluded.

    Notable Accomplishments

  • Beats Title 24 requirements by 35 percent.

Jurors

  • Marlin Addison

    Title: Principal of M.S
    Company: Addison and Associates
    Location: Tempe, AZ

    Mr. Addison is recognized nationally as a leading expert in the practice of energy efficient building design and the professional use of detailed building energy use simulation. During his career, he has consulted on some of the nation’s most notable showcase sustainable building projects including the National Audubon Society Headquarters in New York City and the Natural Resources Defense Council office in Santa Monica, Calif. Due to his unique educational and professional experience, Mr. Addison has been selected by the U.S. DOE, LBL, PNL, NIST, and NREL to serve on a variety of panels and projects guiding federal building energy research. He also serves as clinical assistant professor and director of the Building Energy Simulation Lab at Arizona State University’s College of Design. His M.S. in Energy Efficient Building Design combined graduate course work in architecture, architectural engineering, mechanical engineering, and operations research.

  • Sandra Mendler, AIA

    Title: Vice President and Sustainable Design Principal
    Company: HOK
    Location: San Francisco, CA

    A nationally recognized, award-winning sustainable design leader, Ms. Mendler has contributed to numerous high profile showcase projects – three of which have been recognized by AIA as top ten Green Buildings of the Year. She serves on the US Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors and is past chair of the national AIA Committee on the Environment. The co-author of the HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, published by John Wiley & Sons, Ms. Mendler contributes regularly to industry publications and events. She holds degrees in architecture from Washington University and Pratt Institute.

  • Hofu Wu, ArchD, FAIA

    Title: Professor of Architecture
    Company: Cal Poly Pomona
    Location: Pomona, CA

    Hofu Wu, ArchD, FAIA

    Dr. Wu has devoted more than 25 years to teaching advanced energy efficient technologies and their integration in architectural design and currently serves as director of Cal Poly’s Environmental Design Technology Unit. In addition to his involvement in committees that generate national energy standards, he has always been an advocate of the USGBC’s LEED program. As an environment and energy consultant, his clients include utility companies, private corporations, state and federal governments as well as national and international research laboratories. His research papers have been published widely in conference proceedings. Dr. Wu holds a B. A. in Architecture degree from Tamkang University in Taiwan, an M. A. in Architecture degree from University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Architecture degree from University of Michigan.


Award Credit

Mechanical Engineer

MHC Engineers

Energy Science Consultant

Block Energy Design

Photography

Dave Edwards, Mark Luthringer

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