Korematsu Middle School

WEst Contra costa unified school district

The West Contra Costa Unified School District has a stated policy to design and construct high performing and energy efficient buildings throughout their District. In order to move forward with this initiative, the Korematsu Middle School project was slated as an excellent opportunity to explore and incorporate high level sustainable aspects throughout the campus. 


Sustainable initiatives included a 15,000 SF living roof installed on two of the campuses buildings and sloped roofs on other buildings to significantly reduce the schools cooling load. In addition, skylights and daylighting were integrated with the lighting system in classrooms and in the gymnasium so that lights are not always needed in these spaces.  Natural ventilation was incorporated in over 90% of all classroom space. 


The use of renewable materials was also a key goal, and included mineral fiber ceiling tiles, fiberglass insulation, and linoleum flooring which contains rapidly renewable natural content. 


The facility was designed to CHPS Design Standards and the Library has been awarded a Collabetition Award for “design elements”. 


The end result of the project is a thoughtfully designed, quality-constructed and sustainable building that promotes 21st Century Learning and will serve the students and community for many years ahead.

location El Cerrito, CA
client West Contra Costa USD
sustainability CHPS Designed