Client: Irvine Unified School District
Services Provided: Master Planning, Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: Irvine, CA
Completion Date: August 2011
Sustainability: CHPS Guidelines
Program: Band and Choral Practice Rooms, Classrooms, Department Office, Wardrobe and Instrument Storage Rooms, Fitness Lab including Dance Area, Restrooms, Lunch Shelter
The new Music and Fitness Enclave project is the answer to the question the District faced of how to accommodate a large increase in student population and existing crowded student circulation patterns at their aging campus.
As part of the Expansion Project on the existing campus at Woodbridge High School, the Music and Fitness facility consisted of creating a new classroom cluster with general and specific functions in order to draw a large concentration of students from campuses traditional core. By pulling the Music and Fitness programs out of the existing buildings the team was able to modernize the old facilities into new uses suited to their functional neighbors. The complex’s location created a new second main promenade and new lunch area. The complex’s location has allowed the campus to grow while negating the impact of the additional new student population and decreasing the original overcrowding.
The complex, along with the Aquatic Center, was planned by the District to demonstrate sustainable principles which included: natural light with solatubes and light monitors, natural ventilation, renewable materials, a groundbreaking displaced air ventilation system, photovoltatic panels, solar water heating and exploration of using a fuel cell system to generate much of the school’s energy whose heat by-product could heat the pool.