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Solana Ranch Elementary, Solana Beach School District
San Diego, CA
Solana Ranch Elementary School, Solana Beach School District
It takes a village.
A village-inspired approach to elementary school design.
Home away from home.
Located in the heart of the Pacific Highlands Ranch region, Solana Ranch Elementary School is an independent elementary school serving approximately 6,000 students. In our partnership with Solana Ranch, HED designed and engineered a vibrant, community-oriented school that is sensitive both to context and to the fundamental design building blocks that foster community-building.

Creative and iterative, the planning process brought together community members, parents, teachers, staff, board members and students to craft a comprehensive, inclusive vision for the new school. An environment that supports collaborative learning. Spaces that inspire revelatory “aha!” moments. A sustainable structure that leverages energy-efficient design strategies—and serves as a teaching tool for a new generation of environmental stewards. During the planning process, Solana Beach School District staff and HED’s design team also participated in the Savings by Design program, which encourages a team approach to the design of energy efficient buildings.

Airy and cheerful, the award-winning design centers on the idea of a village—a series of two-story “houses” that students can navigate as easily and comfortably as their own homes. Extensive passive design strategies including north/south classroom orientation, skylights and clerestory windows, and cross-ventilation keep the interior light and comfortable, and photovoltaic panels offset up to 100% of the building’s energy use.

Situated on a tranquil ten-acre site with ocean views, the completed structure is a focal point for the surrounding area, a community centerpiece that’s bright, inviting and nurturing—one that both establishes a strong sense of place, and teaches its students that they can go anywhere.
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Project Data
Solana Beach Elementary School 2010-00007-000
Solana Beach School District
San Diego, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
68,311
CONSTRUCTION COST
$0.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2015
Project Team
  • John Dale
    FAIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
    PRINCIPAL
  • Jennette La Quire
    AIA, LEED AP ID+C
    Principal
    Sector Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Emily Perez
    AIA, LEED AP
    Project Management

  • Freddie Angelito
    Electrical Engineering

  • Sean Bani
    PE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Electrical Engineering Leader

  • Rafael Noriega
    LEED AP
    Associate
    Electrical Engineering

  • Bharat Patel
    PE, CEM, LEED AP
    Principal
    Engineering Leader

  • Gary Goldblum
    AIA, CSI
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design

  • Ricardo Stekel
    LEED Green Associate
    Architecture + Design

A village-inspired approach to elementary school design.
Solana Ranch Elementary, Solana Beach School District
San Diego, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
It takes a village.
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