Balfour Beatty Construction’s Net-zero Modular Classroom Project for Oak Park Unified School District Honored with Green School Award

The United States Green Building Council’s California Central Coast Chapter awards school district with Green School/Government award for energy-efficient classroom building project
Mar 11, 2015 1:05 PM ET
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SAN DIEGO, March 11, 2015 /3BL Media/ -  Balfour Beatty Construction’s net-zero modular classroom project completed on behalf of the Oak Park Unified School District has been honored with the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) California Central Coast Chapter’s Green School Award. Comprised of seven classroom buildings installed at Oak Park High School, the USGBC California’s Central Coast Chapter annual Green Awards celebrates outstanding green projects throughout the region.

The $2 million re-locatable classroom project replaces six 25-year-old temporary classrooms at the high school with seven new permanent classroom buildings. The 960-square-foot buildings were designed and fabricated by GrowthPoint Structures, and are made from single-use shipping containers. The buildings achieve net-zero energy consumption, save 115 tons of landfill waste by using 85 percent reclaimed material, and use high-performing and energy-efficient systems that reduce monthly utility costs. Each building features full LED lighting, ductless HVAC systems, floor-to-ceiling windows, and solar panels classifying the buildings as “ultra-green” and automatically qualifying for 37 LEED credits or 42 CHPS credits.

“Balfour Beatty Construction has been instrumental in the successful implementation of sustainable solutions such as the net-zero classrooms for this project, in addition to other solutions that have saved energy and money on several other modernization projects we have done together,” said Dr. Tony Knight, superintendent, Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD). “They have great expertise and a shared commitment to protecting our natural resources, and at the same time creating a healthier and more productive learning environment for our students.”

Balfour Beatty previously helped OPUSD receive additional sustainability awards, including “Green Ribbon” recognition from the U.S. Department of Education in 2013, and a Green School Leadership Award, which was presented at the Green Schools California Summit in 2011. 

“Our team is thrilled to have helped OPUSD achieve this recognition from the USGBC,” said Brian Cahill, president of Balfour Beatty Construction’s Southwest Division. “In addition to its many sustainable benefits, this project offers students a unique education tool as each container has a permanent tag indicating the various countries it has visited, which is incorporated into a learning program for the students. We also completed this project over the summer, in less than 90 days. The team accomplished this fast-track schedule through collaborative leadership and lease-leaseback delivery, which provides great flexibility and value for school districts. We are proud to partner with the district in our combined quest to find sustainable solutions that benefit students, our communities and our planet.”

The project is part of the Oak Park Measure R School Improvement Bond program, passed by voters in 2008, and construction management services in which Balfour Beatty Construction has provided master planning, pre-construction and construction management with design-assist services to the district for the past six years.

About Balfour Beatty Construction US

An industry leader for more than 80 years, Balfour Beatty Construction US provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services for a wide variety of markets, serving clients in both the public and private sectors. The company is the U.S. subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY), a leading international infrastructure group that finances, develops, builds and maintains complex building programs focused on social and commercial buildings, power and utility systems, and transportation. Consistently ranked among the nation’s largest building contractors, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US has been cited as a Top 10 Domestic Building Contractor and Top 10 Green Builder by Engineering News-Record. To learn more, visit or look for BalfourBeattyUS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.       

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