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De Anza Comm College, Media and Learning Center

Cupertino, CA


Ratcliff Architects




2010 Best Practice Winner, Overall Sustainable Design Award, California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

The two-story Media and Learning Center at DeAnza College provides 65,000 sq ft of media and learning center space.  The project, a successful implementation of ecological sustainable design, incorporates a buoyancy-driven natural air ventilation system, more than 6,000 sq ft of photovoltaics, and rooftop vacuum-tube style solar thermal collectors.  SGH was the building enclosure consultant for the terra-cotta rain screen wall cladding, metal wall panels, and an aluminum-and-glass curtain wall system.