Albany High School

Albany Unified School District / Albany, CA

Gen7 Brings Prefab Green Classrooms to the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Project: Bay Area’s First Gen7s
  • Type: High School
  • Scope: Classroom Wing
  • Completion Date: August 2011
  • Project Highlights

    The Albany Gen7 classrooms take green to the next level, reducing electricity costs from daylighting and a Thermal Displacement Ventilation system that can cut energy consumption in half. Built off-site, they were installed on-campus in one day, with an all-steel frame and 5” concrete base that gives them the same lifecycle as a conventional building.

    • 1st modular green school in the Bay Area
    • 30% lower construction costs than a traditional building
    • 50-year lifecycle
  • Project Background

    When the Albany Unified School District commissioned four new classrooms, going green was a given. Going prefab helped them get the eco-friendly features they wanted at a price they could afford. Part of the Albany High School Aquatic Center project, the Gen7 classrooms were installed in June 2011, giving students a new wing of permanent, high-performance, low-maintenance learning space that can deliver as much as 60% in energy savings.

  • Challenges

    Since the new classrooms would be sited adjacent to the high-profile Albany High School pool complex, AUSD wanted the look and permanence of custom construction at a more budget-friendly cost.

  • Goal

    To deliver an inspiring learning environment with the customized, high-quality look, feel and state-of-the-art features of stick-built green construction quickly, economically and ecologically.

  • Solution

    Install four Gen7 classrooms that seamlessly integrate with the architectural design of the aquatic complex, while providing a safe, healthy educational environment for generations of students. Gen7’s precision manufacturing allowed AUSD to save significantly on construction costs and time, delivering a permanent, sustainable structure that offers all the benefits of a traditional building, as well as ongoing energy savings that will continue to pay back over the life of the school.