Frederick Fisher and Partners Frederick Fisher and Partners

Creating More than Silver

Crossroads is not just a great place to learn science, it’s a great place to learn how to be a leader

The Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences originally set a goal to achieve LEED Silver for its science facility and kiva-hut inspired student pavilion, but 2018 brought an even more valuable revelation. The building achieved LEED Gold, along with the rest of the campus – a big step above what was thought possible for this urban campus in an arid environment.

Photovoltaic Panels gather solar energy and use it to power the building

Contributing to the achievement are on-site photovoltaic solar panels using advanced energy metering to power to the building and absorb the heat and noise from the adjacent freeway, an extensive storm-water retention and filtration system, recycled denim insulation, extensive LED SMART lighting design, ample natural light and a rooftop butterfly garden that is home to migrating Monarch butterflies.

Hands-on learning is an every day exploration of scientific knowledge and theory

As a firm believer that children learn better and understand on a deeper level when they see, smell, touch, and experience their lessons, practicing what you preach is important at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences.

Intentionally designed to celebrate the beauty in science, and the science behind art, the building itself is a visual teaching tool and artistic showcase. The pavilion roof installation by environmental artist Ned Kahn provides a glimpse of unseen phenomena – showcasing hidden wind/gravity interplay.

The moving pavilion sculpture can be seen in action from nearly anywhere in the butterfly garden plaza below

Exposed concrete, open building systems, and visible sustainability initiatives transform the structure into a habitable physics project. Large storefront windows create “living artwork” of the interior classroom and the exterior “Alley,” an all-school central plaza and gender-neutral restrooms with ceramic tiles patterned with the human molecular structure reflect the school’s liberal viewpoints.

At Crossroads, inclusivity is a way of life – molecular structure tile patterns lead the way to the all gender restrooms

For more information on Crossroads’ recent LEED Gold achievement, visit the Center for Green Schools’ website.

For more information about the Crossroads’ building and site, visit the FF&P website.