Photo by: David Wakely Photography

Solution

De Anza Comm College, Media and Learning Center

Cupertino, CA

Client

Ratcliff Architects

Completion

2012

Awards

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.