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Solana Ranch Elementary, Solana Beach School District
San Diego, CA
Solana Ranch Elementary School, Solana Beach School District
It takes a village.
A village-inspired approach to elementary school design.
Home away from home.
Solana Ranch Elementary School turned to HED to refine and realize their vision for a vibrant, welcoming and community-oriented elementary school.

Creative and iterative, the planning process brought together community members, parents, teachers, staff, board members and students to craft a comprehensive, inclusive vision for the new school. An environment that supports collaborative learning. Spaces that inspire revelatory “aha!” moments. A sustainable structure that leverages energy-efficient design strategies—and serves as a teaching tool for a new generation of environmental stewards. During the planning process, Solana Beach School District staff and HED’s design team also participated in the Savings by Design program, which encourages a team approach to the design of energy efficient buildings.

Airy and cheerful, the award-winning design centers on the idea of a village—a series of two-story “houses” that students can navigate as easily and comfortably as their own homes. Extensive passive design strategies including north/south classroom orientation, skylights and clerestory windows, and cross-ventilation keep the interior light and comfortable, and photovoltaic panels offset up to 100% of the building’s energy use.

Situated on a tranquil ten-acre site with ocean views, the completed structure is a focal point for the surrounding area, a community centerpiece that’s bright, inviting and nurturing—one that both establishes a strong sense of place, and teaches its students that they can go anywhere.
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Project Data
Solana Beach Elementary School 2010-00007-000
Solana Beach School District
San Diego, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
68,311
CONSTRUCTION COST
$0.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2015
Project Team
  • John Dale
    FAIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
    PRINCIPAL
  • Jennette La Quire
    AIA, LEED AP ID+C
    Principal
    Sector Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Sean Bani
    PE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Electrical Engineering Leader

  • Rafael Noriega
    LEED AP
    Associate
    Electrical Engineering

  • Bharat Patel
    PE, CEM, LEED AP
    Principal
    Engineering Leader

  • Gary Goldblum
    AIA, CSI
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design

A village-inspired approach to elementary school design.
Solana Ranch Elementary, Solana Beach School District
San Diego, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
It takes a village.
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