Nueva Hillside Learning Complex

The Nueva Hillside Learning Complex is an innovative educational environment in the San Francisco Bay Area that is a sustainable model for 21st century students- the campus is certified LEED Gold and promotes environment stewardship and a passion for lifelong learning.

The Nueva Hillside Learning Complex is carefully woven into the land to create a variety of innovative educational environments that promote environmental stewardship and a passion for lifelong learning. The 24,000 square foot project for an independent K-8 school includes a new library, student center and classroom building organized around a central plaza.

Owner

The Nueva School

Location

Hillsborough, CA

Size

27,000 sq. ft.

Stats

Designed to reduce energy use by 65%; LEED Gold Certified

Image Credit

Tim Griffith

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Designed as a model for an environmentally responsible school facility, the project uses 65% less energy and 50% less water than a typical new school facility in the United States. A 30KW photovoltaic array provides 21% of electricity needs. Living roofs provide new habitat for an endangered native butterfly species and existing Cypress trees removed from the site were milled and reused on the buildings as screens, benches and decks.

Awards
AIA National - Committee on the Environment, Top Ten Green Project
AIA National Education Facility Design Awards, Award of Excellence
AIA California Council, Honor Award
AIA San Francisco, Energy + Sustainability Honor Award
Sustainable San Mateo County, Green Building
The Nueva Hillside Learning Complex is an innovative educational environment in the San Francisco Bay Area that is a sustainable model for 21st century students- the campus is certified LEED Gold and promotes environment stewardship and a passion for lifelong learning.

“This is a great school design that pays a lot of attention to the flexibility and adaptability of spaces. It incorporates a wide number of sustainability strategies in a very integrated, straightforward way with a design sensibility that is elegant in its simplicity.”

AIA COTE Top 10 Jury

The Nueva Hillside Learning Complex is an innovative educational environment in the San Francisco Bay Area that is a sustainable model for 21st century students- the campus is certified LEED Gold and promotes environment stewardship and a passion for lifelong learning.