Sacred Heart School Atherton, California

SACRED HEART SCHOOLS CAMPUS RENOVATION AND NEW LIBRARY

The campus renovation and new library for this private school, founded in 1898, reflects a new standard for sustainable design and integrated storm water management. The net zero-rated library is a standout in this effort. All of the library’s systems, including lighting, heating and water use require no net input from outside sources.

To achieve the net zero water goal, greywater is collected from three new buildings and routed to a greywater tank and filtration system, and then to the library bathroom. Rainwater is collected from the library roof and stored in an above-ground tank that features interactive information about the system design and current operation. This water is used to irrigate the fruit orchard in the library courtyard.

As part of the overall site stormwater management strategy, the grass playfields were converted to synthetic turf. The permeable drain rock base stores stormwater and meters outflow into a detention basin as there is no city storm drain system.

LOCATION
Atherton, CA

OWNER
Sacred Heart School – Atherton

CLIENT
WRNS Studio

STATUS
2012

PROJECT COST
$9 million

AWARDS
LEED Rating Platinum – Net Zero Energy
2014 AIA SF Energy + Sustainability Citation Award
2017 Acterra Sustainable Built Environment