Solana Ranch Elementary wins 2015 SMPS San Diego Award

September 14, 2015

Solana Ranch Elementary wins 2015 SMPS San Diego Award

Harley Ellis Devereaux has won a 2015 SMPS San Diego A/E/C Rockstar Award in the Project of the Year Public — Award of Merit category for its work on Solana Ranch Elementary School.

Situated on a 10-acre site in the Pacific Highlands Ranch area of San Diego, Solana Ranch Elementary School serves approximately 650 students and is designed as a community-oriented school that is sensitive to its neighborhood context.

Organized as a series of small learning communities in the form of two-story houses arranged along an internal street, each house consists of eight classrooms grouped around a two-level shared resource area interconnected by an internal staircase as well as dedicated outdoor spaces. 

While each classroom is cooled and heated by its own rooftop package units, air distribution systems have been designed to provide displacement ventilation in each teaching space. Shaded windows combined with clerestory windows provide light from at least two directions for balanced natural day lighting while reducing the consumption of energy for artificial lighting.  Because of these sustainable design strategies, the school is now achieving a 60% offset in energy use.

To learn more about the awards and the winners, visit the SMPS San Diego website.