Sonoma Academy Janet Durgin Guild + Commons

This project for Sonoma Academy is part of the second phase of redevelopment for their Santa Rosa campus. The new Guild + Commons building includes two main spaces for students as well as working space for maintenance staff.

The Commons is a student center with two kitchens – one for teaching and one for food service. The building includes a dining hall that looks out over the outdoor learning spaces and gardens where the students grow their own food.

The Guild consists of a large maker space that opens onto a patio and outdoor teaching spaces. The maker space will provide hands-on learning experiences related to industrial design, engineering, electronics, and animation and film.

The entire new portion of the campus is designed to integrate with and strengthen the strong sense of place enabled by the positioning of – and views from – the grounds.

Integral Group provided electrical, daylighting, lighting and photovoltaic design services for the project. The PV panels are estimated to produce enough energy for the building that the project will be Net Positive. The project is seeking LEED Platinum, Zero Net Energy, Living Building Challenge and WELL Building Standard certifications. It is the first building in Sonoma Academy – and of its building type – to target all of these sustainability goals.


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