Wed, Dec 9, 2020 - 1:29pm

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) has recognized Vladovic Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy (VHTPA) in Wilmington, Calif., as a high performance learning environment that has earned CHPS Verified status.    

This design-build project, which qualified under the CA-CHPS 2014 criteria, met design guidelines of both the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Community College District. VHTPA is a dual-enrollment program that allows LAUSD students in grades 9-12 to earn an associate degree while concurrently earning their high school degree.  

The design by DLR Group provides flexible spaces where students can collaborate with their peers and challenge each other intellectually while being surrounded by design that stimulates creativity.  The new facility officially opened in fall 2018. 

This $22 million project includes a 38,540 square-foot facility with performing arts, physical education, classrooms, labs, and a library/media center. This high school building serves the LAUSD on the LACCD Harbor College campus.

Compliance with the CA-CHPS program is a significant achievement. This distinction demonstrates the project has undergone a rigorous design and construction process and is now in compliance with the CA-CHPS Criteria high performance school rating system.  The project earned 114 points, exceeding the threshold of 110 points for new construction.    

High performance learning environments deliver many benefits to schools, including making a significant improvement in the health and education of students, inspiring future leaders and creating a stronger America.    

The design employs several sustainable strategies to achieve CHPS Verification, including water-efficient plumbing fixtures that will save over 38% of potable water. Most of the regularly occupied spaces and classrooms have access to natural daylighting and views through an abundance of low-e window glazing. All spaces have bins to encourage recycling and have interior finishes that contain no or low VOCs. Most of the building materials were harvested or manufactured within 500 miles of the site, which reduced transportation costs and associated pollution. Over 10% of all building materials contain recycled content (by cost). The project diverted over 80% of all construction waste from landfills. Site vegetation combined with light-colored roofs and concrete walkways help reduce the heat island effect. Drought-tolerant native vegetation reduces potable water use by over 65% while providing habitat for local bird and insect species.

You can read more about the project from architecht DLR Group here 

CHPS' mission is to nationally foster well-designed, operated and maintained k-12 schools that enhance student performance; positively impact student and staff health and wellness; make education enjoyable and rewarding; and promote environmental stewardship. 

(Photos by Alex Nye)