Sonoma Academy High School, Santa Rosa


As project architect with WRNS Studio Joel Baumgardner coordinated all aspects of the design of this net positive energy Grange and Studios for Sonoma Academy, a high school of 275 students.  The master plan included planning approval for the Grange and Studios building as well as a future performing arts center.

The Grange and Studios building includes a dining room, an all-electric kitchen serving breakfast and lunch to the entire school, a teaching kitchen, student counseling offices and 3 maker spaces.  Maker spaces have rooms for electronics, metal work, wood work and digital media production which includes a sound and video studio with an adjoining control room.  Exterior facilities include a green roof, outdoor teaching areas, gardens for farm to table instruction, storm water treatment, greywater treatment and a rain water collection system, all of which are on display as teaching elements.

The project is seeking LEED Platinum certification, Living Building Challenge certification and is participating in a Well Building Standard Certification pilot program for schools.

Energy use is planned to be Net Positive, a difficult goal with a commercial kitchen.  The facility will include variable refrigerant volume radiant heating, ground source heat pump and PV generation.





All images courtesy of WRNS Studio