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About 7x7x7: DESIGN ENERGY WATER

Incorporating sustainability into the design and construction of new school buildings and campuses in California has become the norm. But for every new sustainable school building constructed, there are thousands of existing buildings with plenty of life left in them that have the potential to be far more energy and water efficient. It is time that we capitalize on this potential and reimagine how our existing schools can be renovated to enhance the learning environment and reduce energy and water usage.

In order to inspire this conversation across the state, the Division of the State Architect (DSA)—a branch of the Department of General Services (DGS)—launched 7x7x7: Design Energy Water.

DSA engaged seven architectural firms to develop seven conceptual case studies in school design that will reduce energy and water consumption and result in a better learning environment, on seven campuses (including K–12 schools and a community college). The seven schools selected for the case studies are representative of typical building types from different eras constructed throughout California.

The conceptual case studies were presented in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, and Berkeley.

The final case studies were presented at a “call to action” event in Sacramento on February 23, 2016.

Videos from the "call to action" event are now available on YouTube:
DSA 7x7x7 Call to Action Event - YouTube Playlist

Events

We would like to extend a special thank you to the following host venues:

Regional Presentation

West Los Angeles College
Fine Arts Complex, FA-100
9000 Overland Ave.,
Culver City, CA  90230

Regional Presentation

New School of Architecture and Design
San Diego, CA  92101

Regional Presentation

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA   93407

Regional Presentation

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA  94720

Final "Call to Action" Event

Crest Theatre
Sacramento, CA  95814

Firms

Seven architectural firms, under the editorial leadership of Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, each developed a case study for enhancing the learning environment while reducing energy and water consumption of a California K–12 school or community college.

logo: aedis architects
Aedis Architects

For more than sixty years, Aedis has committed to designing excellent schools for Californians. Today, Aedis leads the State in the design of zero net energy public schools and strives to advance transformative design and engineering principles in our State’s schools for health, safety and efficiency. Aedis believes that opportunities to incorporate energy and water savings techniques into the design of the physical campus can provide awareness to those learning and working there. The next generation of environmental stewards should be fostered in our schools and community colleges.

www.aedisarchitects.com
logo: DLR Group - Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Interiors
DLR Group

DLR Group is an integrated design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning and interior services. They are a nationally recognized expert in K-12 school facilities design and have completed over 2,000 school projects in the last 10 years. This totals 18 million square feet with a construction value of $6.5 billion, including over 350 projects throughout California. DLR Group brings a collaborative experience to clients rooted in their service approach: listen.DESIGN.deliver.

www.dlrgroup.com
logo: Ehrlich Architects
Ehrlich Architects

Honored with the AIA National Firm Award for 2015, Ehrlich Architects is a versatile practice that has earned an international reputation for design excellence and an exemplary professional culture. Founded in 1979 as a tiny residential studio, the Culver City-based firm is a 40 member team that has mastered building types ranging in scale from houses to courthouses, including multiple award-winning sustainable educational projects.

www.ehrlicharchitects.com
logo: Hamilton + Aitken Architects
Hamilton + Aitken

Established in 1992 by Principals Chad Hamilton and Susan Aitken, H+A designs educational projects throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area and provides a very personal level of service to clients, combining the experience and direct participation of principals in every project we design. The depth of our experience, the quality of our project management procedures, and the caliber of our design helps us create high quality schools for our clients.

www.hamiltonaitken.com
logo: HGA
HGA

HGA is an integrated architecture, engineering, and planning firm that helps prepare its clients for the future by understanding their cultural and business needs. We inspire clients with bold, forward thinking goals with high aspirations helping our clients with inventive solutions to help them achieve their intended results. We see a future that is highly sustainable and make the world better by going beyond zero energy.

www.hga.com
logo: Lionakis
Lionakis

Lionakis was founded in 1909 and is a multi-discipline firm that has over 180 employees in four offices throughout the West Coast. We offer services that include Architecture, Structural Engineering, Interior Design, Planning, and Sustainability. Lionakis is a leading education design firm that has partnered with a wide variety of clients to develop quality sustainable solutions. With more than 80 LEED accredited professionals, the entire Lionakis team is committed to sustainable design on every project.

www.lionakis.com
logo: WRNS Studio
WRNS Studio

A nationally recognized leader within the sustainable K-12 movement, San Francisco-based WRNS Studio knows how to work with clients to design healthy, efficient and environmentally responsible learning environments that double as teaching tools and help make sustainability integral to the educational experience. WRNS designed the first certified Net Zero Energy library (by ILFI) in the U.S., which was also the first certified school building in California.

www.wrnsstudio.com
Tim Culvahouse
Tim Culvahouse, FAIA

As a professional development consultant and network catalyst, Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, helps fellow architects enrich their practices by sharing what they know. A former head of the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and former associate dean for Design and Architectural Studies at California College of the Arts, he has taught as a distinguished visitor at Tulane, Carleton (Ottawa), and UC Berkeley. He is editor in chief of the AIA California Council and past chair of the board of Public Architecture.

www.culvahouse.net

Case Studies

Seven schools that are representative of typical building types from various eras of school construction in California were selected for the case studies. Each architectural firm was assigned one of the schools and was directed to focus on a maximum of two buildings on the campus: one classroom building and/or one large, open-space building.

  • Oakland
  • San Diego
  • Orangevale
  • Los Angeles
  • Desert Hot Springs
  • Santa Barbara
  • Los Angeles (Community College)

line drawing of 1950s Oakland elementary school

Built in the 1950s, this urban elementary school is located in downtown Oakland. With a flat roof and concrete construction, this elementary school features a two-story classroom building with an interior corridor. This case study was developed by WRNS Studio.

line drawing of 1970s San Diego high school campus

This high school was built in a park setting in San Diego during the 1970s. It was constructed with steel and concrete, has flat roofs, and the classrooms are accessible from an interior corridor. This case study was developed by Aedis Architects.

line drawing of 1980s Orangevale elementary school

Constructed in the 1980s, this elementary school is located in a suburb of Sacramento. It features wood construction with plaster and some ceramic tile exterior finishes, and a composition shingle roof. The multipurpose room and classrooms are arranged with access to a courtyard. This case study was developed by Lionakis.

line drawing of 1960s Los Angeles elementary school

Built in the 1960s, this Los Angeles elementary school features concrete classrooms and a wood/steel constructed assembly room. This case study was developed by Ehrlich Architects.

line drawing of 1980s Desert Hot Springs elementary school

Built in the 1980s, this elementary school is exposed to the desert climate. It is a typical example of mid-century modern architecture and was designed by renowned architect Donald Wexler. This case study was developed by DLR Group.

line drawing of 1920s Santa Barbara high school

This historic high school, located in downtown Santa Barbara and near the southern California coast, was originally built in the 1920s. The campus features a two-story concrete building with a tile roof. This case study was developed by Hamilton + Aitken Architects.

line drawing of 1970s Los Angeles trade technical college

This trade technical college was built in downtown Los Angeles in the 1970s, and its four-story building is made of steel and concrete. This case study was developed by HGA.

Check out our Case Study Schools

The case studies are representative of typical building types, design elements, and construction practices from various eras of school construction in California.

State Architect and Regional Event Participants

San Diego

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Call to Action

Los Angeles

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Los Angeles

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Design with impact.

Los Angeles

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Best practices slide from regional presentation.

Orangevale

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A place of community.

Oakland

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Slide from regional presentation depicting school children.

Oakland

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New generation of environmental stewards.

Santa Barbara

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Incremental change.

Los Angeles Community Colleges

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Regional event attendees.

Los Angeles Community Colleges

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Connecting to nature.

Santa Barbara

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Water harvesting (photo shows droplets of dew on plant).

Desert Hot Springs

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Investment in the future.

Los Angeles

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Action items slide from regional presentation.

San Diego

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Solutions as teaching tools.

San Diego

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Santa Barbara

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