Modular Building Institute

Live Oak School District

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
M Space Holdings LLC
Walden Structures
Santa Cruz, CA
Building Use:
Gross Size of Project:
5895 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    In efforts to boost student enrollment, Live Oak School District decided to replace their current classrooms at Del Mar and Green Acres Elementary Schools with green, high performance classrooms. Working closely with M SPACE, the school district decided to use a design that would satisfy the district’s commitment to meet CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) performance standards. M SPACE provided the district with six green, high performance modular classrooms. These environmentally friendly buildings were built with sustainable materials such as recycled steel and insulation. In addition, natural daylighting appropriately illuminates the classroom while remaining energy efficient.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The features of these unique classrooms work together to create a healthy, comfortable and more productive learning environment for the students and teachers. The classrooms have a full steel moment frame structure, a concrete floor, 16” steel purlins and 5/8” drywall underlayment making them strong and durable. Recycled/recyclable steel components were used throughout the building including steel frame, studs, window frames and doors. Other recycled or recyclable products include carpet and tile flooring and acoustic ceiling tiles. Densglass sheathing was also used to help maintain a healthy air quality within the building. The sheathing has a moisture-resistant core and enhanced fiberglass mats that resist mold growth.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    Many of the features that make this project ‘green’ also make it cost effective. The classrooms each have clerestory windows, operable casement windows and power sunshades. These along with the vaulted open ceilings provide the classrooms with optimal daylighting and little need for artificial light. When artificial light is necessary, the auto dimming ballasts on the light fixtures produce the appropriate amount of light based on the amount of natural light available. Because the interior lights only run when necessary, the classrooms are using less energy thus reducing electricity costs. Costs are also reduced by using the DuctSox System to heat the classrooms. It uses less energy than a standard diffuser and creates a constant and comfortable air temperature.
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