LEED project a model of sustainability, education and community
Project: American Canyon High School
Address: Newell Drive and American Canyon Road, American Canyon
Description: Ultra-sustainable high school in American Canyon
Completion: Summer 2010
Architect: Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Santa Rosa
General contractor: Lathrop Construction, Benicia
Mechanical engineering: Costa Engineers, Santa Rosa
Civil engineering: Chaudhary & Associates, Napa
Structural engineering: ZFA Structural Engineers, Santa Rosa
Electrical engineering: O’Mahony & Myer, Santa Rosa
Project cost: $121 million
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AMERICAN CANYON -- American Canyon High School opened its doors in the fall of 2010 to welcome students to an energy-efficient campus unlike anything seen in the area.
The $121 million project is the largest public building complex in American Canyon and was designed with the students and their education as well as the community in mind.
The building, designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects in Santa Rosa, has a one-megawatt photovoltaic station to provide about 85 percent of the electricity on the campus.
“The school will be saving about $300,000 per year,” said Aaron Jobson, project architect on the school.
Barbara Nemko, superintendent of the Napa County Office of Education, said she is most excited about the school bringing the community together.
“I know that the members of the community need this face of American Canyon,” she said.
The school is the first school in California built under the Collaborative for High Performance Schools program, the United States’ first green building rating program for K-12 schools.
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It was built by Lathrop Construction, headquartered in Benicia.
The school consists of seven two-story buildings for administration offices, library, theater, multi-use rooms, classrooms, a split-level gym, locker rooms, student store, aquatic center with swimming pool, two storage buildings, football/soccer stadium complex, two concession stands, two baseball fields, two softball fields, two soccer fields and outdoor tennis and basketball courts.
There is day lighting in every classroom, which not only saves energy but promotes a better living environment, said Mr. Jobson.
“There are automatic lighting controls, so as soon as there is enough light from the outside, the lights will turn off,” he said.
The gym has day lights as does the multipurpose room. The school also has a ground source heat pump.
There are a number of water-saving features including low-flow fixtures, dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals. And all fields are irrigated with reclaimed water.
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“It will use about half the potable water of a typical high school,” said Mr. Jobson.