Bishop O’Dowd High School Center for Environmental Studies

Location: Oakland, California
Client: Roman Catholic Welfare Corp.

This new “living lab” is located on the north hillside of the campus overlooking stunning views of the Bay. The Center features two large indoor laboratory classrooms and a single large covered outdoor classroom; ample space for study, experimentation, research and group gatherings; office, restroom and storage facilities; a mobile kitchen, pizza oven/barbecue and fire circle; and a greenhouse. Designed to maximize natural lighting and ventilation while being extremely energy efficient, the building offers the flexibility of an indoor/outdoor learning environment. North-facing walls will open out into the adjacent tree-covered hillside and the west facing wall onto the large open terrace; LEED Platinum Certified.