San Marcos High School Honored for Green Design and Planning

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The San Marcos Unified School District has been honored by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC), for the green design and planning of the San Marcos High School. Designed by San Diego-based school architecture firm, LPA Inc., the $180 million [...]

The San Marcos Unified School District has been honored by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC), for the green design and planning of the San Marcos High School.

Designed by San Diego-based school architecture firm, LPA Inc., the $180 million project calls for the expansion of classroom space by 50 percent without adding acreage. The end result will be a three-story, 412,000-square-foot facility around a central quad. Amenities such as a library reading center, student store and career center will be located on the ground floor, while the academic spaces will be housed on the floors above.

Other amenities include campus-wide WiFi coverage and green features include high efficiency HVAC systems, energy efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, stormwater management techniques, and a clean roof. The design of the roof will allow the addition of photovoltaic panels in the future. Due to a close collaboration with San Diego Gas & Electric, the project is set to be granted $300,000 in energy efficient design incentives, from Savings by Design.

The project is funded by a $287 million bond measure—Proposition K—and Lusardi Construction will deliver the project following a lease-leaseback arrangement.

The Coalition for Adequate School Housing was established in 1978 to promote, develop and support state and local funding for K-12 construction. Currently CASH incorporates over 1,500 school districts, county offices and private sector businesses. CASH has sponsored or supported over $52 billion in statewide school bonds since 1982.