Mill Valley School District
Mill Valley, California
Complete Campus replacement
The design of Edna Maguire Elementary School blends Mill Valley’s history with a sustainable plan that works with the natural elements. The design of has as much consideration for spaces between the buildings as it has for the spaces within. A separate student entry courtyard allows students to gather, park bicycles and enter the campus. Conversely a “public” entry court was developed to provide a distinct entry for visitors while fulfilling the District’s desired public image of the Library as the beacon of the campus. The surrounding natural environment and the classrooms are linked through extensive windows that open to the north light and surrounding mountains. Various individual garden areas facilitate student learning and respect for nature and natural science.
Fifty-six (56) CHPS points are projected. Since inception, the intent has been proper building orientation, high energy performance and respecting all natural elements including salt laden fog that rolls in from the adjacent San Francisco Bay. This design goes beyond CHPS points to create an enduring result. Features such as 1) wood grained cementitious board siding alleviates the adverse effects of salt air on traditional siding, and 2) extensive south facing metal roofs allow for maximum solar panel exposure while maximizing north light, and 3) natural mechanical cooling uses high clerestory venting with low cool air intake, and 4) rain water collection delivered to storm water filtration areas with future gray water diversion options, amongst numerous other sustainable features.