East Side Union High School District
Due to enrollment pressure, the newly completed high school campus needed an additional classroom wing. This building was designed with sustainable elements such as a east-west building orientation, light wells, high efficiency HVAC and lighting connected to operable windows, low-VOC materials, superior energy performance and a reduced building footprint.
This project was challenged by a very small site, with a significant slope. The design responded by embedding the structure into the hill, allowing an at-grade entrance on the second floor. The program included Science and standard classrooms, with a teachers lounge that accommodates Science Department offices. The entire building was conceived to maximize a sense of openness with wider hallways, extensive daylighting, and department office natural light.
East-west building orientation embedded into slope
Superior energy performance