Sited on an eight-acre parcel overlooking the Otay River Lake, High Tech High Chula Vista serves 550 students in grades nine through twelve. Studio E Architects' design for the school— working with a challenging site, a constrained budget, and a fast-track schedule—involved a rigorous interactive and participatory process. In designing High Tech High Chula Vista, we sought to create a distinct campus, acutely tailored to its landscape; to promote connectivity and circulation between buildings with a network of open spaces; and, finally, to develop a flexible plan that effectively anticipated expansion and adaptation.
As evidenced by its Gold LEED certification—in addition to its numerous other environmental accreditations—High Tech High Chula Vista has been widely celebrated as an achievement in sustainable design. With its buildings configured to optimize solar exposure, to maximize natural lighting, and to capture prevailing breezes, the school's meticulous design serves to reflect High Tech High's driving environmental focus.
AIA / COTE 2011 Top Ten Environmental Buildings from American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment
Energy Efficiency & Integration Award from American Institute of Architects, San Diego
Orchid for Sustainable Design from San Diego Architectural Foundation