Napa County's First Green School

Newswatch Story - April 2008 - A new high school being built in California’s Napa Valley will be one of the country’s first to be a Collaborative for High Performance School or verified “green” school.

The CHPS program helps communities design and build high-performance school environments that are not only energy and resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit, and containing the amenities for a quality education.

Designed by Santa Rosa-based Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, the American Canyon High School will house 2,200 students and is scheduled for completion in fall 2010.

The general contractor on the 258,000-sq-ft campus is Lathrop Construction of Benicia.

The school is organized around an elliptical campus green flanked by four Small Learning Communities, each with its own smaller courtyard. The small learning communities will ensure that students have a stronger sense of belonging, while teachers and administrators are better able to offer personalized academic and emotional support. Across the campus green will be an elliptical library and administration building, flanked by a theater and gymnasium, which make up the public front to the campus. Click here to keep reading.

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