CAED Hosts California State Architect and 7x7x7 Forum

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design hosted one of four 7x7x7: Design, Energy, Water forums scheduled throughout California this month. The forum brought together seven architectural firms to present seven case studies in sustainable school design, focused on seven representative school campuses.

As framed by State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, “the ultimate goal of 7x7x7 is to initiate a conversation among school superintendents, school facilities personnel, boards of education, and other key decision makers for school construction, so that we all reimagine together how schools can be renovated to reduce energy and water usage and create great opportunities for education.”

7x7x7: Design, Energy, Water is in keeping with Governor Brown’s ambitious climate change and sustainability goals outlined in Executive Order B-18-12, Proposition 39, and the Governor’s 2015 inaugural speech. Firms represented by 7x7x7 speakers include Aedis Architects, DLR Group, Ehrilch Architects, Hamilton + Aitken Architects, HGA, Lionakis, and WRNS Studio.

“The forum highlighted the innovative work being done by the State Architecture’s Office to provide creative solutions for energy and water conservation,” said College of Architecture and Environmental Design Dean Christine Theodoropoulos. “It’s particularly rewarding to see so many of our alumni involved in the forum and in this important work.”

The forums are designed to prompt renovation to reduce energy and water usage for K-12 schools, community colleges and various other state-owned and -leased facilities.The conceptual case studies will be presented at four regional events this month. A final report that includes an executive summary and the seven case studies will be published following a “call to action” event in Sacramento at the end of February.

For more information, visit the Division of the State Architect website.


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