Award Winner 2009:

Chartwell School

Seaside, CA

Chartwell School was designed to create a high-performance learning environment for students who face challenges in reading and verbal processing skills. Environmental characteristics including daylight, views, air quality and acoustics were carefully considered by the design team to meet this goal. The sustainable design features of the building have been incorporated into the school curriculum, creating a holistic, sustainable learning environment.

The LEED Platinum building was designed to be net-zero in its use of electricity, producing as much electricity with roof-mounted photovoltaic cells as the building uses in a typical year. The building facility managers and the design team have actively monitored the performance of energy use and production in the effort to meet this goal.

Outstanding Features

The building was sited to save native trees and natural drainage patterns, and uses low water native species in landscaped areas. Building forms take advantage of the site’s mild climate, incorporating operable walls, north-facing clerestories for daylighting, and relying on natural ventilation in most spaces. A radiant heating system is provides energy efficiency and a low noise level which is very important for Chartwell’s students.
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Survey Results

The occupant survey results for Chartwell School especially high for air quality and thermal comfort, ranking in the 98th and 99th percentiles respectively, among all buildings surveyed by CBE. The building was also ranked in the 75th percentile for acoustic quality and at the 86th percentile for overall building satisfaction.

Jury Comments

"A beautiful project with ambitious energy goals; strong visual connection between indoors and outdoors; innovative design strategies made visible."

"This project demonstrates a bold vision, well executed design, and a generally well realized outcome."

"The biggest take-away from this project is the value and opportunity of good measurement and verification."

Project Team

Architect of Record: EHDD Architecture
Construction Manager: Vance Brown Company
Contractor: Ausonio Inc.
Structural: Tipping Mar + Associates
Mechanical: Taylor Engineering
Electrical: The Engineering Enterprise
Acoustics: Charles M. Salter Associates
Landscape: GLS Landscape Architecture
Lighting: Benya Lighting Design
Daylighting: Loisos + Ubbelohde

Additional Information

AIA Top 10 Green Buildings 2009
Chartwell School Website

Images: Michael David Rose

Chartwell School

Multi-purpose room interior.

Chartwell School

Exterior view

Chartwell School

Daylight and views enhance interior spaces