Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke
3775 Tenth Street, Riverside, CA 92501
San Diego, California
Date Bid: July 2009 Construction Period: Aug 2009 to Feb
Total Square Feet: 26,458 Site: 2.04 acres.
Number of Buildings: 3 (2 existing, 1 new); 8 classrooms with
seating for 280.
Building Size: First floor, 15,116; second floor, 11,342; total,
26,458 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10’; second floor, 10’; floor to
floor, 15'; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: Modernization & New Construction.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Curtain wall,
plaster. Roof: Built up. Floors: Concrete. Interior
Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: KBTU/SF/YR: 313.37.
Structural Engineer: Kanda & Tso Architects - 511 Mission Street,
South Pasadena, CA 91030
General Contractor: Swinerton Builders - 16798 W. Bernardo Drive,
San Diego, CA 92127
Electrical Engineer: FBA Engineering - 3420 Irvine Avenue, #200,
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Mechanical Engineer: Nack & Associates - 1384 Woodview Court,
Oceanside CA 92056
Interior Design: Kathy Davis & Associates - 210 South Nardo
Avenue, Solano Beach, CA 92075
Landscape Architect: Arch-Pac Landscape Architecture - 1351
Distribution Way, #1, Vista, CA 92081
The challenge in modernizing this 50-year-old high school was not to do
a "patch job", but to carefully develop a design that kept the best of
its history, developed priorities to stay in line with dollars budgeted
from local bond money, and to create a learning environment that could
enhance a sense of school spirit and pride.
The first item was to create a protected courtyard that serves as a
gathering place and focal point for students as well as invited
community members. This allowed for the placement of the new
library/media center and classroom building that now fronts to the
public and creates a "beacon of knowledge." The new building serves as a
welcoming vehicle for integrating technologies that can promote research
This two-story library and classroom is also used by the community
during non-school hours while the public gymnasium, performing arts
center, and media center allow students to spill over and gather in the
lighted courtyard during evening events. The new courtyard has sub areas
for physical fitness, food service, central gatherings, and a small
amphitheater for student interaction.
In keeping with the school district's commitment to truly modernize a
facility that had inadequate lighting and years of wear and tear, all
infrastructure was replaced to support current (and future) technology,
air-conditioning and plumbing needs, and permanent classrooms. This
sustainable design also supports the District's vision that quality
schools mirror the local quality of life and community values.
Montgomery High School is currently LEED(R) Gold Certified however the
District is aiming for Platinum Certification for the school at a later
date. Every effort was made to use non-petroleum-based, recyclable
material. The building's placement maximizes north daylight by its
east-west orientation. Other design elements include the use of exterior
horizontal aluminum shade louvers for day lighting and glare control.
Powered roller shades in the library offer more day lighting. Roof top
photovoltaic panels generate 12.5% of the building's energy
requirements. Solar tubular light monitors use daylight for interior
classroom walls while other controls monitor energy efficiency and light
Light is a critical element within this modernization project; therefore
it serves as a metaphor for the light of learning, for dispelling the
dark of ignorance, and for lighting the way into a bright future for
Roofing: Johns Manville, McElroy Metal Glazing: PPG Ideascapes®
Curtainwall: United States Aluminum, Hydro Aluminum, Tremco.
Entrances & Storefronts: Winco
Daylighting/Skylights: Solatube Elevators: ThyssenKrupp