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College prep high school begins campus-wide transformation with 22,000-sf expansion project

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College prep high school begins campus-wide transformation with 22,000-sf expansion project

The expansion marks the first phase of the two-phase project.


By David Malone, Associate Editor | October 3, 2016

Rendering: WRNS Studio

A new 22,000-sf expansion project on Sonoma Academy’s 34-acre campus at the base of Taylor Mountain will add key academic, social, and cultural spaces to the independent college prep high school. The two-level education facility will act as the first of a two-phase campus transformation project.

San Francisco-based WRNS Studio designed the project to help achieve Sonoma Academy’s vision of creating a campus that will teach students about social, environmental, and food justice while fostering a hands-on teaching philosophy. The two-level facility is known as Grange & Studios. The top floor, which represents “The Grange” of Grange & Studios, has a teaching and commercial kitchen with a dining hall and outdoor learning spaces with flower, herb, and fruit tree gardens. The lower level, The Studios, has traditional STEM-inspire shops, art classrooms, technology rooms, media production studios, offices, and meeting spaces. The facility also has a vegetation-covered rooftop.

The green roof and cascading planters filter stormwater and rain water while a geo-exchange system, watershed block made with local soil, and photovoltaic panels to produce enough energy to offset the demand by over 15% mean that, when completed in July 2017, the buildings will be LEED Platinum, an Education Pilot for Well Building, and a Living Building Challenge candidate.

The second phase of the project will be focused on a new 450-seat performing arts theater and conservatory. Funding for the project has been provided entirely by private donations.

 

 

 

 

 

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