LOCATION: Oakland, CA
PROJECT TYPE: Modernization and New Design
CLIENT: Bishop O'Dowd High School
CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 2007 - ongoing
PROJECT COST: $74M (estimated)
CSDA completed the initial implementation phase of the design, as outlined in the school’s comprehensive Master Plan, which included the modernization of 28 classrooms and four science labs, the addition of two environmental classroom labs and the seismic retrofit of a gymnasium. The modernized classrooms are energy-efficient and designed to be flexible and to accommodate various teaching styles. The upgrades include new teaching walls, LCD projectors, wireless/smart box technology, and moveable furniture.
Future phased construction will include a new athletic center, student center, cafeteria, chapel, counseling center and administration building, and renovations/additions to existing buildings. The campus and buildings are being designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification.
Sustainable design strategies were explored with the client in a series of “eco-charettes,” based on the LEED checklist. This process entailed detailed strategies for conservation, energy efficiency, and the incorporation of active and passive systems in the design.