Energy-Efficient Design

Whether we are modernizing existing facilities or designing for new construction, CSDA provides high-performance design at all phases of a project. We do this by performing energy audits and measuring baseline consumption using metrics tied to energy densities. We then compare each project to similar projects found within the EnergyStar national portfolio to obtain an evidence-based conclusion of the project’s energy performance.

At CSDA, we take sustainability one step further and perform comparisons against the latest, best practices and target energy densities as published by sources such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). We then form an Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM) list to create a roadmap to inform and guide stakeholders on the best and fastest ROI for various project components and systems.

Our approach to high-performance facility design includes the following:

  • Set aggressive goals
  • Analyze the climate
  • Reduce energy use
  • Choose efficient systems
  • Opt for renewables
  • Verify performance

Master Planning

The CSDA team has served as consultants to educational facility planners worldwide. We work closely and in collaboration with school clients to evaluate campus space utilization and develop design solutions that foster a modern and superior learning environment for students. These environments go hand-in-hand with our 21st-century educational facility design principles and reflect the unique identity of each school and its neighboring community.

CSDA believes that master plans are a critical starting point from which every school can create a successful roadmap for the future. Our master plans explore a wide range of creative solutions that bring life to our clients’ wish lists. We work together to create distinctive, inspiring ideas for growth and change.

CSDA’s master plans provide an exciting and dynamic framework for making your dreams a reality.

21st Century Schools

Twenty-first century school design can be defined simply as designing better buildings for better learning.

When approaching 21st century school design, CSDA focuses on how teaching reflects upon student learning and how education reflects upon the world students will move into, which is highly technology-based. By working with numerous educators and school administrators over the years, we have learned that having a 21st century school means staying relevant, attracting and retaining high-caliber teachers and students, and providing innovative and dynamic environments that inspire learning.

Common principles that guide our 21st century school design:

  • Technology-intensive teaching and learning
  • Sustainable, high-performance buildings
  • Innovative and flexible space to accommodate changing technology
  • Increased emphasis on health, comfort and security
  • High-performance learning environments
  • Small learning communities within large campuses
  • Schools as centers of communities
  • Schools as partners of higher education and businesses
  • Non-traditional options for school facilities and classrooms