The design team welcomed Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s advancement of sustainable practices and sought to realize tangible and specific green elements and benefits. The project presents numerous sustainable features such as on-site renewable energy and enhanced passive cooling. The design also incorporates outdoor teaching stations, classroom patios, diverse landscape, interactive gardens, shades, and native plantings that improve on-site water management and reduce potable water usage, all of which benefit the learning, in addition to the natural environment. An environmental graphic strategy highlights John and Abigail Adams and brings the campus together in a bold wayfinding concept.
The sustainable mission for the project further extends to the “Green Fringe.” The intensely used playfields are shared by the school, community, and neighboring Santa Monica College and were changed to artificial turf to reduce maintenance, water use, and extend usability. The series of ‘fringe’ spaces outside of the boundaries of the fields are re-envisioned to provide a separation of fields and adjacent play area, introduce drought-tolerant, native landscape, bioswales and water catchment, and provide additional amenity for children and spectators.
NAC Architecture is working in collaboration with Koning Eizenberg Architects on this project.