Earth Day Virtual Tour: Environmental Nature Center Preschool the 2020 SIA Project of the Year!

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm 6:00 pm
Location: Zoom





2020 SIA Project of the Year - Environmental Nature Center Preschool 


April 22, 2021

5pm-6pm PST


Via Zoom

(link sent upon completion of registration)



This year's Earth Day Virtual Tour features the 2020 Sustainable Innovation Awards Project of the Year!  The LEED BD+C Platinum Preschool supports the Environmental Nature Center's mission to deliver quality, nature-based education for children ages 2 to 5. Developed in conjunction with educators, the community and ENC leaders, the preschool complements the existing facility while seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces, providing children with an intuitive understanding of nature and the natural world.

The preschool will be net positive, generating 105% of the power needs. No natural gas is used within the building; the buildings run solely on electricity for all power needs.  The facility uses many innovative strategies to minimize its consumption.  Rainwater received on-site is treated as an educational tool for the community, teaching the users on-site how rainwater makes its way from the building site to the ocean. Single-sloped roofs capture rainwater and channel it via rain chains down into a rock basin. Water is then channeled into bioswales where it is treated and clarified by plant materials before it leaves the site to recharge aquifers and ultimately make its way to Newport Bay. All the planting across the 4.75-acre ENC campus is comprised of California Native plants. There is no irrigation system installed at the ENC. Water efficiency measures make their way inside the building as well with efficient fixtures and faucets, reducing the potable water use by 35%.
With a focus on passive, efficient design, the ENC campus is serving as a living laboratory and educational tool for smart green design and conservation.


Learn more and see this incredible facility in person, plus hear from project leads on the challenges and successes of this award winning building!




About the Presenters


Rick DAmato

Architect - LPA


Danielle Cleveland

Landscape Architect - LPA


Tracey Powl

Project Manager - LPA


Erik Ring

MEP Engineering - LPA