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A Truly Green School

The  Junior/Senior High Calistoga School received an award from the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada (CMACN) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council’s (AIACC) 2017 Concrete Masonry Design Awards. 

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At Calistoga Junior/Senior High School a new gymnasium, along with a modern and flexible Multi-Purpose Building for dining, performance and student gathering surround a student plaza, perfect for outdoor rallies, student gathering and community events. The vision for the campus was “brought to life” with a process that included a workshop with 30 students. The students were engaged in exercises that included “multi-voting” their design preferences as well as discussion regarding the design elements that were most important to them. Not surprisingly, the students that were raised in this rich agricultural area emphasized “green” (the school color) and “green” (environmentally friendly) in their goals for the campus.

At the new Multi-Purpose Building, concrete masonry unit walls infused with blocks in the school colors of green and black provide a welcoming new sense of entry to the campus. Inside students find the Wildcats Café, flexible seating for dining and studying adjacent to a roll-up garage door which connects to the outdoor plaza and a new rehearsal and performance space for the performing arts. The block pattern is repeated on both the interior and exterior of the new Gymnasium as well to enhance school pride with materials that are durable and low-maintenance.


Block Producer: Basalite Concrete Products, LLC, Selma, CA
Shannon Masonry, Santa Rosa, CA

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