Sustainably Agile: Designing the Art School of the Future

Greenbuild 2020 is here and Atelier Ten is sharing our team’s work on creating a leading-edge campus for the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The future CCA campus will be a model of sustainable construction and practice that will unite the college’s two campuses in one location. The new building will promote interdisciplinary learning which is flexible, sustainable, and ahead of its time.

Sustainability is an intrinsic part of the CCA curriculum and was considered an integrated factor in all aspects of the planning and design process. From the beginning, CCA and the design team collaborated in the creation of a holistic, low-carbon design. This included reducing emissions from student transportation, minimizing the new building’s embodied carbon footprint, and seeking zero operational emissions.

Kristen DiStefano, Associate Director, will be joined by Studio Gang’s Steven Wiesenthal and CCA’s Director of Planning, David Meckel for On-Demand: Sustainably Agile: Designing the Art School of the Future. The team will discuss the critical design issues for the next generation of low carbon buildings. The team incorporated low carbon strategies including a highly passive design approach, a mass timber structural system, and electrification of building systems and equipment. The project’s building scale microgrid will manage on-site renewable energy and storage while providing an adaptable infrastructure to integrate future renewable technologies.