Design Tech High School
Design Tech High School, an addition to Oracle’s technology campus, is a public charter school for California residents that uses a lottery to determine enrollment. It is designed to be a cutting-edge facility which focuses on STEM education. The industrial-style interior and maker spaces throughout the building create an environment for students to fabricate, invent, and learn in. The client’s initial goal was to create a Zero Net Energy and LEED Platinum building in order to embody innovation and sustainability.
Integral Group provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services for this design-build project. The building includes an ultra-low-flow water system which results in 30 percent more water savings than a system designed to LEED baseline standards.
The initial design included recycled water for toilet flushing, an all-electric variable refrigerant flow with central ventilation to yield considerable energy savings above code minimum, and automated windows as a source of natural ventilation. A photovoltaic consultation was also provided to the client with information to make their entire campus operate at Zero Net Energy by increasing the campus solar array to include the new Design Tech building.