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Marin Country Day School, Step 2

This LEED® for Schools Platinum project is an independent Kindergarten through 8th grade school, located in Corte Madera. The school’s development plan is deeply rooted in conservation, smart resource management, and the critical role of education in fostering environmental consciousness. The second of two major phases, this project includes the construction of a new library, art studios, and classrooms, as well as a major rehabilitation of the adjacent creek area. Innovative design features emphasize efficiency and responsible material selection, while providing opportunities for the students to cultivate their own sense of stewardship for the environment.

Every effort was made in the design process to achieve the highest level of efficiency and innovation in water and energy use. This project offers a unique opportunity to encourage young people to feel curious, innovative and hopeful about the environment that surrounds them.

Background

This LEED® for Schools Platinum project is an independent Kindergarten through 8th grade school, located in Corte Madera. The school’s development plan is deeply rooted in conservation, smart resource management, and the critical role of education in fostering environmental consciousness. The second of two major phases, this project includes the construction of a new library, art studios, and classrooms. Innovative design features emphasize efficiency and responsible material selection, while providing opportunities for the students to cultivate their own sense of stewardship for the environment.

Design

The new buildings were intended to not simply be a structure for learning, but would themselves become a part of the curriculum. The library and classrooms are integrally connected to the outdoor learning spaces, and fit within the existing campus footprint to preserve natural surroundings. Outdoor terraces provide spaces to read, learn, and gather for performances, bringing the landscape into the heart of the campus. A restored adjacent creek returns the east edge of the campus to a more natural state.

Sustainable Strategies

Every effort was made in the design process to achieve the highest level of efficiency and innovation in water and energy use. The project utilized water-efficient fixtures and drought-tolerant landscaping strategies, and focused heavily on stormwater management.

The narrow floor plans allow excellent daylight harvesting and are supplemented by skylights and clerestory windows, providing beautifully daylit spaces with the lights off. Daylight and occupancy sensors are implemented throughout, and exterior solar controls, often integrated into exterior circulation, limit glare and solar gain. The new buildings are designed to reduce their energy use by over 40% relative to California’s energy code, and a large PV array will supply the electricity required by the new buildings, and provide excess power to the rest of the campus.

Heat island effects have been limited through the use of shade from trees and covered walks, and the implementation of light-colored, high albedo paving and roofing materials.

A major rehabilitation of the adjacent creek area restores habitat and creek health while a 15,000 gallon cistern collects rainwater for toilet flushing and cool water storage for the radiant floors. The buildings are cooled through natural ventilation and a night-time evaporative cooling tower. The new buildings connect to the ecology of their place; the landscape design integrates a bio-filtration basin that significantly reduces runoff, while recharging the natural aquifer, and treating and cleaning the water that does leave the site.

In a school environment it is essential that healthy, non-toxic materials be used. All of the rough framing, wood siding and exterior guardrails and sunshades used in the project are Forest Stewardship Council certified, and many of the products contain high percentages of recycled content.

This project offers a unique opportunity to encourage young people to feel curious, innovative and hopeful about the environment that surrounds them. These sentiments will be critical to our planet and the people that inhabit it for generations to come.

Notable Accomplishments

  • LEED® for Schools Platinum project

Award Credit

Owner
Marin Country Day School
Lucinda Lee Katz
5221 Paradise Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925
415-927-5900
Engineer
Tipping Mar + Associates
David Mar
1906 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California 94707
510-549-1906 Ext. 237
Landscape Architect
Conger Moss Guillard
Willet Moss
500 Third Street, Suite 215
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-495-3070
General Contractor
Oliver & Co.
1300 South 51st Street
Richmond, CA 94804
925-588-8450
Plumbing & Electrical Engineer
Stantec Consulting
Ecologist
WRA Environmental Consultants
Geotechnical Engineer
Miller Pacific Engineering Group
Arborist
Arborwell
Lighting Consultant
TMT Associates
Accoustic Consultant
Salter & Associates
Civil Engineer
Sherwood Design Engineers
Code Consultant
The Fire Consultants
Hazardous Materials Consultant
Van Brunt & Associates
Water Proofing Consultant
Simpson Gumpertz Heger
Photography
EHDD Architecture
Michael David Rose
Josh Partee
Cesar Rubio

Jurors

Zorana Bosnic, RIBA, LEED AP
Title
Vice President and the Sustainable Design Director
Company
HOK
Location
San Francisco, CA

Zorana Bosnic, RIBA, LEED AP is a Vice President and the Sustainable Design Director with HOK in San Francisco. Educated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, she started her carrier in London, joined HOK in Hong Kong and then moved to San Francisco office in 1999. As a Senior Project Designer she worked on numerous projects in Europe, South East Asia, Middle East and West Coast USA. Her expertise includes projects in office, corporate commercial, campus design, and hospitality sector. She has a keen interest in sustainable design technologies applied to façade engineering, focusing on energy savings and daylight enhancement technologies. To ensure the practice maintains its expertise, Zorana combines her project design work at HOK with research and active participation in international sustainable organizations, as well as promotion of sustainable practices throughout the community. She brings her breadth of design leadership, technological knowledge and an international perspective to this key role at HOK.

Kevin deFreitas, AIA
Title
Principal
Company
Kevin deFreitas Architects
Location
San Diego, CA

A native of San Diego, Kevin deFreitas is a licensed architect and developer who is extremely passionate about the quality of the built environment. Kevin deFreitas Architects, AIA was established in 1998 as a multi-disciplinary practice to expand beyond the traditional boundaries of design, allowing the firm to self-develop several experimental and innovative urban in-fill projects that otherwise would not have been achievable. Understanding architecture to be the art of listening to both the client and the site, and the craft of solving problems elegantly, the firm’s portfolio contains appropriate, creative, and sustainable designs. These range from institutions and retail, to private homes and interiors, and have been widely published and recognized for clearly expressing optimism, a meaningful connection to place, straight forward materiality, thoughtful sustainability, and a strong visual presence. Kevin’s collegiate studies began at the University of San Diego and culminated when he graduate cum laud with a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Arizona in 1992. Along the way he studied at Cal Berkeley and Syracuse University’s study abroad program in Florence Italy. Kevin’s education continues; every project, and each client, presents new opportunities to learn and grow.

Randy Hanna, AIA
Title
Principal
Company
ARCHITECTS Hanna Gabriel Wells
Location
San Diego, CA

A principal of ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells, Randy Hanna is active in community and his profession.

Mr. Hanna has over 24 years of architectural experience with a multitude of building types. He has been instrumental in the design of several College & University projects, Corporate Office Campuses, Institutional facilities and specialty projects ranging from grocery stores to rowing clubs. ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells are proven leaders in sustainable design– their projects reflecting deliberate efforts towards environmental responsibility. Of note, their own office was designated as San Diego’s first “Net Zero Energy” commercial building and received LEED Gold Certification. The firm has received numerous design awards for their work. Randy was instrumental in establishing the San Diego AIA Chapter Design Awards program and served as chair for three years. He also served for two years on the CCAIA Awards committee. His involvement with education continues through his involvement as a guest juror for Arizona State University, Woodbury University and the New School of Architecture in San Diego.

Dan Heinfeld, FAIA
Title
President
Company
LPA Inc.
Location
San Diego, CA

President of LPA Inc., Dan Heinfeld has been the partner in charge of design since 1986 and is responsible for the overall design direction of the firm. During his tenure as President, LPA has been recognized with 118 AIA awards from national, state and component chapters with an unprecedented 33 years of continuous recognition from the AIAOC Chapter. Heinfeld has made sustainable design the focus of his career and the firm’s as well. A LEED accredited professional since 2001, Heinfeld has lectured to community groups and development organizations, which include California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State University, Fullerton; and the University of Arizona. His message revolves around the importance of sustainable design and its legacy on the condition of our physical environment. Through Heinfeld’s leadership, LPA has completed 12 LEED certified projects with another 12 in construction and 30 more in design/construction document –all in the state of California.

Brad Jacobson, AIA, EHDD
Title
Company
EHDD Architecture
Location
San Francisco, CA

Brad Jacobson, LEED AP, AIA, currently leads some of EHDD’s high performance projects including a zero energy, LEED Platinum office building for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and the carbon neutral Nevada State College Master Plan. He served as Project Architect on Carnegie Institution’s Global Ecology Research Center, an interdisciplinary research center at Stanford University that reduced carbon emissions from energy and materials by over 60% and was named a National AIA Top Ten Green Building in 2007. Brad was Project Manager on Stanford’s Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, a 25,000 square-foot research facility featuring exceptional daylighting and an underfloor air distribution system, and completed a feasibility study, sponsored by Stanford University’s School of Engineering, for an innovative dormitory and research laboratory designed to test and demonstrate sustainable building methods and technologies. Brad received his Bachelors of Arts in Urban Studies from Stanford University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-founder of Bay Area Leadership in Sustainable Architecture, or BALSA, which brings together leading architects to accelerate progress towards a sustainable future. He taught a course entitled “Green Architecture” at Stanford University’s School of Engineering from 2003-2008.

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