Bishop O’Dowd High School Center for Environmental Studies

Bishop O’Dowd High School’s Center for Environmental Studies (CES) is home to the school’s environmental science and engineering program. Designed to complement the Living Lab—a 4.5-acre hillside restoration site, ecological study area, and wildlife habitat at the perimeter of the campus—a new building and landscape elements tie the Living Lab to the campus core.

The new academic building features two large laboratory classrooms, a faculty office and prep space, restrooms and storage. Sustainable building systems and materials—locally sourced, renewable building materials; roof-mounted photovoltaic panels for renewable power; on-site collection and treatment of storm water, and rainwater harvesting— are showcased and easily accessed to serve as teaching tools.

A 4,000 gallon above ground rainwater cistern is located next to the building. Inside the building there is filtration and ultraviolet disinfection prior to the water being used for toilet flushing.

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