Central Coast New Tech High School

Lucia Mar Unified School District / Nipomo, CA

Gen7: The 21st Century Classroom for 21st Century Learning

  • Project: School Renovation and Expansion
  • Type: High school
  • Scope: Classroom wing, includes science/media labs and eco-friendly restrooms
  • Completion Date: August 2012
  • Green Rating: LEED® Silver Anticipated
  • Project Background

    Central Coast New Tech High School is a member of the New Tech Network, a nonprofit organization that transforms schools into innovative high-tech learning environments. Designed to pursue LEED® Silver certification, the state-of-the-art Gen7s give students a new wing of permanent, high-performance learning space that efficiently combines responsible materials with smart technology in a spacious, open layout conducive to collaborative learning.  With its superior air quality, premium acoustics and abundant natural light, Gen7 mirrors the New Tech Network model for educational innovation and excellence, creating a healthy, comfortable and energy-efficient environment that encourages achievement and inspires success in the 21st Century global economy.

  • Challenges

    Gen7 was tasked with overlapping design requirements, building classrooms to both New Tech and LEED Silver standards.  New Tech’s project-based approach engages students through 21st Century skills, like communication, innovation and creativity—all needing to be serviced by the sustainable design.

  • Goal

    To provide an innovative context for learning that allows students to learn in a sustainable, high-tech classroom that facilitates the open exchange of ideas, while teaching through application and experience.

  • Solution

    Gen7’s adaptable modular design was a cost-effective solution that fit perfectly with the New Tech “learn by doing” philosophy.  Three oversized 40×40 classrooms accommodate group-based learning, allowing interdisciplinary instruction with multiple classroom teachers.  Smart lighting, automatic climate control and high-efficiency systems support New Tech’s focus on technology, inspiring students to effectively use the resources around them to address and resolve real-world challenges.