Biotech Magnet School Attracts Green Build

In Escondido, Calif., construction has begun on the Del Lago Academy Campus of Applied Science, where biotechnology and medical sciences will be the academic focus. The new campus, expected to open in fall 2013, will be built to the standards set by Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), a green build rating program for K-12 schools.

The school is funded under Escondido Union High School District’s $98 million general obligation bond measure, passed by local voters in 2008, for capital improvements and new construction at three high schools, including this new biotech high school. According to contractor Echo Pacific Construction, the Del Lago Academy’s Campus of Applied Science will focus on training students in disciplines foundational to the biotech and medical technology industries, helping to channel local talent into San Diego’s burgeoning biotech industry.

Del Angelo Biotech Campus, Escondido

image via Echo Pacific Construction

“We are thrilled that Escondido Union High School District has chosen Echo Pacific to construct what will be one of the most advanced schools in Southern California with its academic curriculum,” Chris Rose, owner and president of Echo Pacific, said in a statement. “As a locally based company, it is exciting to be a part of our future from the ground up.”

The campus will feature classrooms and general-use school buildings; academic, vocational and  job-training equipment; computer and scientific labs; food service facilities; and space for student-support services, Echo Pacific said. As per the CHPS standards for green schools, it will feature energy efficient buildings constructed using recycled materials, as well as synthetic turf and storm water reduction strategies to conserve water and control erosion.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.