De Anza Community College, Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies


Location: 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, California
Type of building: Educational Facility
Size (Sq. ft.): 34,200
New construction
Estimated date of completion:
Cost: $11 Million
Owner: Foothill DeAnza Community College District
Designed By: Van der Ryn Architects in consultation with world-renowned energy expert Donald W. Aitken, P.h.D., and VBN Architects.

Sustainable Building Strategies:

Recycled steel framing and masonry, east-west orientation for passive solar benefits and natural daylighting, natural ventilation/operable windows, roof top photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, thermal mass in concrete floors, rainwater collection for irrigation, and nontoxic components in flooring and paints.

Information Contacts:

Sim Van der Ryn, Architect
Van der Ryn Architects
245 Gate Five Road
Sausalito, California  94965
Phone (415) 332-5806
Fax (415) 332-5808
Julie Phillips
De Anza Community College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone (408) 864-8655

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