Central Coast New Tech High School

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.


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.


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.


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.