OUSD La Escuelita and Downtown Educational Complex

Oakland, California

The Oakland Unified School District requested a landmark green building campus built to the California High Performance School Standards. The project includes a low energy design with no compressorized cooling for the classrooms, relying on building mass, natural ventilation, night cooling, displacement ventilation, and ceiling fans for comfort. Large common/multipurpose rooms receive natural ventilation and cooling via evaporative downdraft cool towers using windscoops and evaporative cooling. The project includes the district data center, TV studio, community health clinic, a central dining complex with full kitchen, offices, and multipurpose spaces. The academic campus uses photovoltaic electrical power generation to achieve grid neutrality.

Size (ft²)

86,000

Stories

2

Project Type

Educational

Scope of Work

Full design of HVAC, plumbing, energy management, and control systems. California High Performance School mechanical and energy documentation. Commissioning of mechanical and control systems.

Completed

2012

Owner

Oakland Unified School District

Architect

MVE Institutional

Contractors

Green Consultant: Alice Sung, Greenbank Associates
General: Turner Construction
Mechanical: Broadway Mechanical
Controls: Syserco Company, using Alerton Controls

Photographer

Dale Christopher Lang

References

MVE Institutional: Bob Simons OUSD: Tadashi Nakadegawa Greenbank: Alice Sung Turner: Starla Dunn Syserco: Bernie Martinez

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