Oakmont High School

The Science of Building Green

  • Project: School Modernization and Expansion
  • Type: High School
  • Scope: Science Labs
  • Completion Date: January 2013

Project Background

As part of its college preparatory program, Oakmont High School offers a strong focus on the sciences, including a Health Careers Academy that stresses real world application for students interested in medical careers. To accommodate the program’s science curriculum, the Roseville Joint Union High School District selected Gen7 to work with architectural and engineering firm Lionakis to construct a modular science building featuring two pre-engineered, self-contained chemistry labs. In keeping with RJUHSD’s high performance resolution, the Gen7 science classrooms combine sustainability, functionality and practicality in one CHPS®-compliant space specially designed to integrate lab and non-lab functions cost-effectively and energy-efficiently.


Given the tight timeline and budget, modular was the best solution, but RJUSD wanted a custom sustainable design that featured advanced green technology in a space that allowed lab occupants and equipment to function safely and effectively. Surfaces needed to be highly durable and non-toxic, as well as stain- and spill-resistant. And one single-story floor plan had to accommodate an efficient zoning of tasks within a multi-functional space serving both classroom and laboratory needs.


To provide a safe, healthy, energy-efficient learning environment that facilitates both classroom instruction and laboratory training in one low-maintenance, high performance educational space designed for CHPS certification.


Through collaborative planning with RJUHSD’s architects, Gen7 created a unique flex-design that ensures appropriate space distribution, with two full science labs divided by a shared workspace/ office. Acid-resistant cabinet top finishes and plumbing work with Marmoleum Forbo flooring that is anti-microbial and easy to clean. Special features include fume hoods, chemical showers and MERV 13 filtration, as well as sinks and lab tables. The building’s daylighting strategy includes Energy Star™ tubular skylights, large low-E view windows and EMS lighting zone controls; a high-efficiency gas/electric HVAC offers a 96% AFUE rating and a customized shade structure optimizes climate control—all integral to meeting and exceeding RJUHSD’s stringent green standards.