Ron Vitale AIA, the project’s principal-in-charge and managing principal of the firm’sShanghai office, said: “As the culmination of a multi-phased expansion of a worldclasseducation campus, the new Concordia High School is a fitting architecturalexpression of the evolution of design, learning, and sustainability.”
The new high school comprises a variety of academic, athletic, and administrativefunctions in a fully integrated six-story complex. It includes 20 classrooms, four scienceclassrooms, a world language lab, and a number of seminar/group instruction roomsof varying sizes. A media commons ‘bridge’ connects the new facility with the originalshared facilities pavilion. It also includes a 10,800 sq ft (1,000 sq m) gymnasiumcontaining two full-sized basketball courts, a weight room, a dance studio, and aunique physical education interactive space, and an outdoor climbing wall.
CISS viewed the design and construction of their new high school as anopportunity to redesign the entire campus’ heating and cooling system by using highlyefficient geothermal technology. The school expects a 25-30 percent savings onenergy costs. The overall demand on heating and cooling is also reduced through the incorporationof green roofs over 40% of the newly constructed roof surface. The largest portion ofthe green roof is landscaped over light monitors located above the gymnasium/eventsspace. This habitable garden, which uses soil made from recycled crushed bricks, islocated with direct access from the adjacent science suite for cross-curricularexperiments and the incorporation of ongoing field studies conducted by students onweather and air quality—making it an important part of curriculum. Otherenvironmentally responsible features and materials include daylighting, naturalventilation, and materials including bamboo and natural rubber flooring.