The renovation of Liberal Arts 234’s buildings and site address water and energy efficiency while improving seismic safety and classroom space. The design factored in building envelope improvements with HVAC upgrades to provided better thermal comfort and reduced cooling demand. All lighting fixtures were replaced with LEDs with integrated smart controls. Combined, these strategies resulted in the project performing an estimated 33% better in energy use compared to a Title 24 baseline. The award committee was also impressed with the project’s 52% reduction in irrigation water use, which was achieved by removing significant areas of turf.
The renovation of the three Liberal Arts buildings includes 28,000 square feet of space and about 30,000 square feet in the courtyard and was completed in January 2015. The first renovations since the buildings were built in the early 1950s, they include seismic safety upgrades, interiors renovated to meet current program requirements, conversion of 26 classrooms to active learning classrooms, drought tolerant landscaping in courtyards, and changes in the operations of the buildings to be more energy and sustainable, all while providing a safe and enhanced learning environment.