Orinda Union School District

Del Rey Elementary School, Glorietta Elementary School

  • Project: Modernization and Expansion
  • Type: K-5
  • Completion Date: August 2017

Project Background

Orinda Union School District wanted to set a tone for the future, aligning their facilities with the District’s educational programs and community needs. To deliver Zero Net Energy-ready buildings on a tight timeline, the District opted for modular delivery, partnering with American Modular Systems (AMS) and HY Architects to design and install state-of-the-art modular buildings on two elementary school campuses. Demolition of 1960s-era portables began in June and new Gen7 buildings were set on permanent concrete foundations in July and opened in mid-August—an aggressive schedule that completedall site construction during summer break. Working closely with the project team, AMS createdmodular configurations adaptable to each campus’ site plan and program requirements. The new Del Rey Gen7 building includes three classrooms and an art room in one 140×32 wing. The Glorietta Gen7 adds two classrooms and a kinder classroom in one 70×32 wing and a smaller 40×32 wing.

Maximizing energy efficiency was a primary goal for the District, which opted to integrate renewable energy technology with Gen7’s energy-saving features for higher performance. AMS mounted 10kW photovoltaic (PV) panels on the buildings’ slanted overhangs, optimizing PV orientation for peak energy production, occupant-controlled in real-time through each building’s Energy Management System.High-efficiency systems, natural ventilation and large low-E windows provide continuous air flow, outdoor views and extensive daylighting, reducing energy demand while offering a bright, comfortable environment for 21st century learning. The District plans to achieve ZNE performance at both Del Rey and Glorietta, producing enough clean energy to meet the new buildings’ annual energy needs—a benefit that will pay back in significant cost savings over Gen7’s long lifecycle.