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The 2004 Energy Efficiency Integration Awards (EEIA) Winners

Cesar E. Chavez Education Center

For their integration of energy efficiency with outstanding architectural design, three nonresidential projects have received Awards of Honor as the culmination of the 2004 Savings By Design Energy Efficiency Integration Awards Competition.

“This year’s winning projects truly advance the edge of the energy-efficient design practice,” commented Grant Duhon, Savings By Design Senior Program Manager at Pacific Gas and Electric. “They not only provide beautiful building forms and conserve energy resources, but also serve as community centers that inspire, educate, and celebrate the cultures that provide their context.”

The jurors cited the projects’ masterful use of design to overcome constrained sites and orientation and seamlessly integrate energy efficiency into elegant building design.

  • Cesar E. Chavez Education Center
  • Cesar E. Chavez Education Center

    Year: 2004
    Architect: VBN Architects
    Owner/Submitted By: Oakland Unified School District
    Location: Oakland, CA
    Award of Honor

    In Oakland’s densely populated Fruitvale/San Antonio area, the design of the Cesar E. Chavez Education Center responds to Oakland Unified School District’s mission to raise student academic performance and provide equal opportunities for all children to succeed. It synthesizes school and community goals into a strong set of design criteria. This elementary school embraces its surrounding diverse urban community by creating a true neighborhood center through educational and childcare programs, and providing much-needed recreational and joint/dedicated community use spaces.

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