The Complex will employ LEED certified design through utilization of the following materials and practices:
- Recycled material in wood and interior finishes
- Fiber cement siding
- Energy efficient insulation in walls and roof
- Insulated and low solar inversion windows
- Photovoltaic panels for capturing solar energy
- Use of compact fluorescent bulbs with motion detectors along with diffused natural daylight
- High SEER HVAC with programmable thermostats
- Rainwater collection for landscape use
The complex will consist of three classrooms with adjacent lab space. Each classroom will have access to an exterior private court yard for outdoor controlled experiments. Each classroom has its own storage area for safe and secure storage of necessary equipment and supplies.
Laboratories and Classrooms
The purpose of this project is to construct a new Upper Division science complex to house three interdisciplinary scientific studies classrooms and laboratories. The current biology lab and adjoining classroom are in desperate need of major renovation, far beyond the normal maintenance and repairs we routinely perform. This is also the case for our current physics classroom and lab.
In a college-preparatory school such as ours, the science program is a significant aspect of our curriculum, and these classrooms experience high utilization.
Since 1958, they have served their purpose well. These rooms are located in one of our original buildings on campus, and they are extremely outdated and no longer suitable for advanced instruction and lab experimentation needed for students to excel in new fields of science and technology.
SJA Upper Division Science Quad
To address this issue and provide an environment conducive to appropriate instruction and learning, we are proposing a new Upper Division science complex that will contribute to the course curriculum but also reflect the Academy's vision of an eco-friendly environment. Building elements such as photovoltaic panels and a rain collection system will be incorporated and implemented as a teaching tool to study the use of solar energy and recycling of water. Our School Board's Buildings & Grounds Committee recommends this as a better, long-term solution to the issue of an obsolete classrooms and laboratories.
The addition of a new physics classroom and lab also allows the school to meet the objectives of providing an optimal college preparatory science curriculum while constructing a "green" project - using recycled materials, energy efficient insulation, solar and saving energy - thereby reducing our overall costs in the future.