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Less Standardization, More Flexibility

Less Standardization, More Flexibility

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Five new state-funded facilities — including a green construction and transportation academy and a Hollywood-class arts and design academy — are transforming South Tahoe High School into a career tech haven.

For more School Planning and Management news, please visit http://www.peterli.com/spm/.
Five new state-funded facilities — including a green construction and transportation academy and a Hollywood-class arts and design academy — are transforming South Tahoe High School into a career tech haven.

For more School Planning and Management news, please visit http://www.peterli.com/spm/.

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Less Standardization,More Flexibility
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
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 JAMES KISEL, AIA, LEED-AP BD+C
Five new state-funded facilities — including a green construction andtransportation academy and a Hollywood-class arts and design academy —are transforming South Tahoe High School into a career tech haven.
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 education — with a healthy dose o sustainable design — to a whole newlevel, several new acilities at South TahoeHigh School are making waves in LakeTahoe, Cali.With the help o close to $30 millionin grant monies rom Career TechnicalEducation (CTE) and Overcrowding Relie grants, and Joint-Use and High Peror-mance grants, Lake Tahoe Unied SchoolDistrict and architect LPA, Inc., have al-ready completed a CTE “Green” Construc-tion and Transportation Academy, a newclassroom building and the Tahoe Arts andDesign Academy (TADA). Constructionis underway or a new Campus CommonsStudent Union, and later this year, a SportsMedicine Academy.But what’s unique about this ve-phasemaster plan is that in addition to outper-orming Caliornia’s stringent Title 24energy code by 20 percent, each space wascareully researched and programmed to
 TADA.
The Tahoe Arts and Design Academy(TADA) includes a 275-seat theater, soundstage, tiered-orchestra room, green screenstudio and state-of-the-art editing suites. Itis its located at the campus’ front door, andserves as an entry point where visitors caneasily be directed to the administrative of- fices or other buildings.
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oer students an exciting and innovativeplace to train or technical careers.In act, upon completing its rst year o service, the CTE Building was awarded byCaliornia’s Coalition or Adequate SchoolHousing in recognition o the acility asa design solution that creatively meetseducational program needs. In addition,the new classroom building and the $11.6million, 27,300-square-oot CTE Build-ing — hosting automotive/transportationand construction technologies pathwaycurriculums — also won an AIA Or-ange County Award or their innovativeapproach to school design, and a 2011Concrete Masonry Design Award rom theConcrete Masonry Association o Calior-nia and Nevada.Commenting on the master plan’s dualmission, Project Designer Wendy Rogers,AIA, LEED-AP BD+C and design principal,LPA, Irvine, Cali., explains, “It’s aboutsustainability in terms o green or the en-vironment, but also sustainability in termso giving students the skills that they needto be able to stay in their own community.
Hollywood in Lake Tahoe
Perhaps receiving the most interest atthe moment is the new TADA building,which has been described as a Hollywood-class studio up in the middle o the Sierras.Featuring a 275-seat theater, Foley soundstage, tiered-orchestra room, green screenstudio and state-o-the-art editing suites,the 28,000-square-oot building is nowproviding a most exciting, hands-on expe-rience or budding lmographers, actorsand technical stage and television produc-tion sta, among others.“It is just a phenomenal acility or theirgraphic arts and media programs,” con-rms LPA Project Director Steve Newsom,AIA, LEED-AP BD+C, associate. “They’reable to do lm editing, sound editing —everything that one would imagine wouldbe done at a movie studio. And they alsohave a small theater to preview that workon a very large screen and present it in amore intimate setting.”Having just perormed its rst ull-scaleproduction, “42nd Street,” the cutting edgestudio and perormance acility is alsobeing ondly reerred to as “a miracle at6,300 eet.”As part o the preliminary researchand planning or the acility, the buildingteam toured several studios in Los Angeles,which ultimately helped guide the task o making the space as high-tech and proes-sional as possible. For example, the split-level TV studio incorporates a lming areaand computer bay. “As they’re lming, onehal o the class can be on the lower levellming, and the other hal editing eedrom yesterday’s activities on the upperlevel,” relates Kate Mraw, CID, LEED-APBD+C, LPA interior designer.Design decisions were made to exposestudents to skills that would set them apartrom other beginners entering the indus-try. The Foley foor, the audio and visual
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 Award Academy.
The TADA building is 28,000-square-feet of learning space that was designed to provide hands-on experience for budding filmographers, actors and technical stage and television production staff. Design decisions were made to expose students to skills that wouldset them apart from other beginners entering the industry.
 
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editing suites and the recording spacesare designed to exceed industry standardsand prepare students or careers or urthereducation in these elds.In terms o the overall design, thearchitects worked to preserve the existingstructure by choosing a tension grid — toprovide ull access to the catwalk space —and display the original exposed beams,as opposed to a dropped acoustical bafedceiling.Another goal was maximizing thespace in terms o creating some mixed-use areas, despite the act that the spaceshad to be so dedicated. For instance,something the designers picked up romtheir Hollywood studio tours was the im-portance o incorporating breakout areasinto the design.“There’s a little outdoor space o o theback side o the building where studentshave an area to brainstorm, get away rom

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