Ernest S. McBride, Sr. High School has been acclaimed as an environmentally friendly and high-performing school. Throughout the design and construction of this campus, our team consistently focused on using green design to craft a true 21st century learning facility. As a result, McBride High has many features that address energy use, water management, indoor air quality and more—all to benefit the students and staff at Long Beach's newest high school.

Many sustainable features have been incorporated into the design of the K-12 campus, including energy-efficient, central-plant HVAC coupled with building orientation and window locations that are refined to minimize heat gain—saving energy on cooling and heating. In addition, a 277-kilowatt rooftop grid-tied photovoltaic system is predicted to meet up to 60 percent of the estimated site energy use.

The 150,000-square-foot facility has received recognition by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) verified program. It also exceeds California Title 24 2008 standards by approximately 40 percent and the 2030 Challenge benchmark by 75 percent, well ahead of the current 2030 Commitment levels.

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Project Details

  • Completed in 2013
  • Long Beach, CA
  • 150,000-square-foot facility
  • CHPS verified
  • Exceeds California Title 24 standards
  • AIA Orange County award winner
  • AIA Long Beach-South Bay award winner

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