Nueva School at Bay Meadows

The Nueva School at Bay Meadows is a nationally-recognized sustainable model for innovative educational environments for 21st century learners located in the San Francisco Bay Area; the campus is certified LEED Gold.

The Nueva School at Bay Meadows reconsiders the traditional suburban high school. It presents a series of innovative educational environments woven together to form an integrated “ecology of learning” designed to inspire the 21st century student. Reflecting Nueva’s values as a private school with public purpose, these environments are intended to offer a replicable new model for all schools, using economical and durable construction materials deployed in new ways.

Owner

The Nueva School

Location

San Mateo, CA

size

110,000 sq. ft.

Stats

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

Photography

Tim Griffith / Kyle Jeffers

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Located in a new transit-oriented mixed-use development in San Mateo, California, and targeting LEED Platinum certification, the project optimizes community connection, reduces energy and water use, and limits automobile use. Flexible learning spaces are generalized and distributed to create social / educational territories that de-emphasize association with particular knowledge domains; they “break down the silos” of learning. Designed to use 65% less energy and 50% less water than a typical high school, the campus is conceived as a living laboratory that inspires student research into low-carbon, resource-efficient learning and living.

Awards
AIA National - Educational Facility Design Award, Shirley Cooper Award
Sustainable San Mateo County, Green Building

“Learning more about how everything [in the building] works was empowering... it’s a good way for our new community to begin thinking about our effect on the environment and how we can make that more positive.”

Lucy, Nueva School Freshman

The Nueva School at Bay Meadows is a nationally-recognized sustainable model for innovative educational environments for 21st century learners located in the San Francisco Bay Area; the campus is certified LEED Gold.
The Nueva School at Bay Meadows is a nationally-recognized sustainable model for innovative educational environments for 21st century learners located in the San Francisco Bay Area; the campus is certified LEED Gold.
with
Jake Aftreth, Andrew Appleton, Sade Borghei, Aaron Brumo, Adam Franch, Kate Lafsky, Chris May, Claudia Merzario, Charlie Stott