De Anza College Media & Learning Center in Cupertino, Calif. © Crodd Chin

De Anza College Media & Learning Center



Thornton Tomasetti provided LEED consulting for De Anza College’s Platinum-certified Media & Learning Center. The 67,000-square-foot facility houses digital media instruction resources and offices for distance learning, staff development, and the Technology Resources Group, which operates the school’s broadcast media film and TV studio. The building has nine 40-seat classrooms, two 50-seat classrooms, and two 100-seat classrooms.

Thornton Tomasetti staff coordinated with the owner and the design team to manage the LEED certification process by providing technical advice to the project team; coordinating and managing the LEED Online documentation effort; reviewing product submittals, RFIs, and shop drawings; and managing quality assurance and control procedures related to the certification process.

The project earned 100% of LEED indoor environmental quality credits. Energy use is projected to be 43 percent lower than the energy-modeled baseline and the building will use 71 percent less energy than educational building regional standards, resulting in expected annual savings of $60,000.

The building’s orientation and layout are leveraged for maximum energy efficiency and passive solar benefits. The property uses rooftop photovoltaic panels for electrical generation and rooftop solar hot water panels. By harnessing free, renewable sources of energy, 93 percent of regularly occupied space has access to natural daylight, and the project easily earned daylighting credit that is achieved by only 36 percent of LEED v2.2 projects.

Other sustainable features in the Media & Learning Center include buoyancy-driven ventilation, radiant heating in the lobby floor, high-performance skylights, and water runoff control.

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