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  Montgomery High SchoolMontgomery High School


Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke
3775 Tenth Street, Riverside, CA 92501

General Description
Location: San Diego, California
Date Bid: July 2009 Construction Period: Aug 2009 to Feb 2012
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.

Construction Team

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 and learning.

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 pollution.

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 every student.

Product Information
Roofing: Johns Manville, McElroy Metal Glazing: PPG Ideascapes®
Curtainwall: United States Aluminum, Hydro Aluminum, Tremco. Entrances & Storefronts: Winco
Daylighting/Skylights: Solatube Elevators: ThyssenKrupp

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