The Global Holcim Awards 2012 finalist certificate was presented to architects Nathan Swift and Gloria Lee from Swift Lee Office (SLO) at the offices of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Guests included Krisztina Tokes, Director of Asset Management, LAUSD; Brianna Garcia, Charter School/Prop 39, LAUSD; Kevin Newman, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Senior Design Manager, LAUSD; Nicci Solomons, Hon. AIACC, Executive Director AIA/Los Angeles: a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and Paul O’Connor, Manager, Marketing Communications, Holcim (US).
The Zero-Net High Performance School Energy Prototype design is the result of an open design competition held by LAUSD. As the second-largest school district in the USA, the selection of the design by Swift Lee Office is a perfect proving ground to test the prototype method and its new technologies for a high performance school building of the future. The design has been completed to the design development phase and is waiting for Measure Q funds (a voter-approved USD 7 billion fund for school repairs) to become available.
Architect and Principal of Swift Lee Office (SLO), Gloria Lee, explained that the LAUSD’s increasing focus on finding a prototype for a sustainable, flexible, easily-reconfigurable and programmatically-diverse learning environment matched the goals the architectural office had set itself. “As we look to the sustainable future, we are challenged to think differently about how we practice sustainable architecture and we saw great potential in customizable prototype design and in solving repetitive problems such as school design,” she said.
The design features an envelope for solar, thermal and acoustic control that enables the structure to achieve net-zero energy usage explained Architect and Principal of Swift Lee Office (SLO), Nathan Swift. “The students will learn something from the building that enhances their lives,” he said.
The construction comprises a “readymade kit-of-parts assembled from off-the-shelf components”, which, in alignment with the prototype character of the concept, can be composed site-specifically. They include modular panels to create a double façade for solar, acoustic, and environmental control to achieve a climate-responsive solution on each site. Additionally, other state-of-the-art features are applied successfully to reach a fully integrated technical system. The pre-fabricated structural system allows a column free interior, supplementing the desired flexibility. Secondly it helps to reduce the duration of construction, traffic, waste, and cost.See more
The projects that received Holcim Awards Gold, Silver, or Bronze in each of the five regions of the world were automatically qualified to compete for the Global Holcim Awards 2012. The more extensive submission on the Zero net energy school building for the global phase of the competition can be found here:
The jury was impressed by the thoroughly developed and comprehensively presented design, which manages the integration of a coherent technical and structural concept, yet retains spatial and conceptual simplicity. The promising approach for sustainability considers the full life-cycle of the structures including dismantling, and integrates a pragmatic concept for the use of renewable energy sources.
The winners of the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions from North America have been announced. A total of USD 300,000 was presented to ten diverse and innovative projects from Canada and the USA at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning projects show how greater levels of sustainability can be reached in building and construction through people-focused designs that include simple adaptation, innovative materials, and clever architecture.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2011 for North America » pour en savoir plus (French) »
The public school project is designed as a prototype to be built on multiple campuses throughout Los Angeles. Its aim is an economical, flexible and yet, in its spatial concept, ambitious design that can be adjusted to different pedagogical models and learning styles. The two-level building can accommodate up to 500 students and may also be reconfigured for other communal functions. The sustainability concept intends to reach net zero energy building standards, and achieve LEED Platinum rating.
The public school project is designed as a prototype to be built on multiple campuses throughout Los Angeles. Its aim is an economical, flexible and yet, in its spatial concept, ambitious design that can be adjusted to different pedagogical models and learning styles. The two-level building can accommodate up to 500 students and may also be reconfigured for other communal functions. The sustainability concept intends to reach net zero energy building standards, and achieve LEED Platinum rating.See more Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.54 MB) »