Year: 2008
Award Type: Citation Award
Territory: SCE Territory
Location: Pasadena, CA
Owner: Mothers’ Club Family and Learning Center
Developer: Mothers’ Club Family and Learning Center
Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux
Market Segement:
Community
Square Footage: 10,000
Type of Building:
Other
Award Credit:

Structural Engineer

Erkel/Greenfield & Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer

KPFF

Landscape Architect

Swire Siegel Landscape Architects

General Contractor

G.L. Kaplan Construction Company

Consultant

GreenWorks Studios; CDC

Photography

RMA Photography, Inc.

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Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center Classroom

Mothers' Club Family and Learning Center

To help prepare families living in isolation and poverty to succeed in school and in life, the 10,000 square foot Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center was completely renovated to allow more flexibility for a variety of activities and programs. This is the first preschool nationwide to register for LEED® Gold certification. The center is accessible from five public bus lines and the parking lot has preferred parking for low emitting, fuel efficient vehicles and carpools.

The center was designed to be energy efficient, performing 25 percent better than California’s Title 24 energy requirements. The center’s 18 KW photovoltaic system is mounted on the south facing wall and roof, which provides more than 20 percent of the center’s energy needs. The design team also reduced the heat generated from the parking lot by using light-colored pervious concrete to reflect sunlight and incorporating shading over 50 percent of the area. Additionally, every regularly occupied space is designed with permanent monitoring systems that provide feedback on ventilation system performance, allowing for a 30 percent increase in outdoor airflow. Skylights, clerestory windows and view windows throughout the center provide ample daylight into the classrooms, activity rooms and offices.

The jurors were most impressed by the center’s modest approach to sustainability and efficiency with little disruption. Seventy-five percent of the previous building’s structure was reused in the new site. Twenty percent of the materials used for construction have recycled content.

    Notable Accomplishments

  • This is the first preschool nationwide to register for LEED® Gold certification.
  • Performs 25 percent better than California’s Title 24 energy requirements.

Award Credit

Structural Engineer

Erkel/Greenfield & Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer

KPFF

Landscape Architect

Swire Siegel Landscape Architects

General Contractor

G.L. Kaplan Construction Company

Consultant

GreenWorks Studios; CDC

Photography

RMA Photography, Inc.

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