This High Tech High K-8 is the second phase of a master plan build-out of Chula Vista's “Academic Village.” The 61,000 square-foot combined elementary and middle school serves 400 students. The K-8 facility takes several cues from its award winning neighbor—borrowing colors and sweeping roofs while adding a “crazy-quilt” pattern of corrugated metal cladding to the masonry used next door. A forest of wing-shaped shade cloth awnings announce the entrance and provide protection for the outdoor lunch areas. The north elementary school wing is enlivened by super-scale bay windows that form reading nooks within the classrooms.
Following the precedent set by Studio E Architects' earlier High Tech designs, High Tech K-8 has proved to be an achievement in sustainable school design, achieving Platinum LEED certification. Buildings are configured to foster passive cooling, protecting generous south- and southwest-facing openings with deep overhangs; day-lighting is maximized in all occupied rooms; roof-mounted photovoltaic panels provide power to the school. In addition to its LEED status, High Tech High K-8 is only the second school in the state of California to achieve CHPS certification.
Orchid for Architecture from San Diego Architectural Foundation
EDC Excellence in Design Award from EDC Magazine