Green California School Goes Prefab Route

Students at the Atwater Community Day School in Atwater, California have a newly built, sustainable school. The new 22,000 square-foot building was constructed by Gen7 Schools, a company which says it offers sustainable, pre-fabricated construction for schools and classrooms.

The Gen7 structures are said to be designed to meet and exceed green building criteria for schools, using newer technology with recycled and low-emitting materials to provide what is seen as a more eco friendly learning environment. Mechanical and ventilation systems combine with smart lighting, daylight harvesting and a solar photovoltaic system to make each classroom more energy efficient, exceeding energy standards by what Gen7 says is 33 percent.

via Gen7

The new school building includes a four-wing classroom building, administrative offices, art and science labs. School officials say they expect at least 30 percent savings in utility costs thanks to the new construction. The buildings are expected to have a 50-year lifespan.

Other projects of note from Gen7 include Bolsa Knolls Middle School in Salinas, California, and Albany High School in Albany, California.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.