Net-Zero Classrooms Garner USGBC Award
- Mar 22, 2015
The U.S. Green Building Council’s California Central Coast Chapter recently gave its Green School Award to a $2 million net-zero modular project that replaced aging classrooms in the Oak Park Unified School District.
Balfour Beatty Construction, the general contractor, assembled seven 960-square-foot classrooms at Oak Park High School, replacing six quarter century-old temporary structures. Built over a 90-day period last summer, the classrooms were constructed with repurposed shipping containers produced by GrowthPoint Structures. KPI Architects acted as project designer.
Balfour Beatty saved 115 tons of landfill waste by reclaiming 85 percent of the material used in construction. Full LED lighting, ductless HVAC systems, floor-to-ceiling windows and solar panels were installed. Balfour Beatty also provided master-planning, pre-construction and construction management services.
As a bonus educational feature, each container comes with a permanent tag detailing its travels, noted Brian Cahill, president of Balfour Beatty Construction’s southwest division. The project was funded by the Oak Park Measure R School Improvement Bond program passed in 2008.