Da Vinci Arts Middle School – Portland, Oregon

Da Vinci Arts Middle School

The da Vinci Performance Classroom is a prototype classroom design for Portland Public Schools. The classroom design serves as a study model and educationsal tool for the school district. The classroom sets the bar for high environmental standards for future PPS classrooms and for other school districts. The project accomplished the goal to achieve LEED – Platinum certification. This is the first public secondary education building to achieve this status. The modular classroom is based on a high performance classroom prototype developed by G. Z. “Charlie” Brown, Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon. The new classroom uses 40% – 70% less energy than a regular classroom. Storm water runoff from the building serves the adjacent stormwater garden. As a living laboratory and teaching aid, the storm water run-off is animated and expressed in the design with the building. The classroom uses the opportunities of the site to facilitate development of an outdoor music amphitheater and sculpture court.

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