Sage Creek High 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.
Block Producer: ORCO Block & Hardscape, Oceanside, CA
Masonry Contractor: New Demension Masonry, Inc., San Diego, CA
Concrete masonry was selected as a primary building material for its durability, minimal maintenance requirements, and sustainable features including high thermal mass and recycled content. In addition to these robust building attributes, the material was used as a scale element and to provide texture to the overall campus aesthetic. The multi-colored earth tones and patterns of the masonry units reflect the traits of the surrounding site, with the intent of merging and thus complimenting the buildings with the adjacent environment. Furthermore, the exposed concrete masonry at the interior spaces enhances a strong connection between the inside and outside.
The school curriculum engages the site hierarchy, placing the academic classrooms at the highest level where expansive views inspire students’ future growth and advancement. The architectural forms suggest a floating airplane wing-like roof and folded profiles to create visual inertia, intended to promote academic success and to optimize student potential.