Sustainable Science Building

Westridge School for Girls
LEED Platinum

Sustainable Science Building

Partner in Charge: Maureen Sullivan

The Westridge School Sustainable Science Building was designed with the idea of utilizing a building as a teaching tool.

The project integrates an array of green technology, including 70 solar panels – with 36 along the courtyard. Students are able to track the energy output of the system from an outdoor study area. Other sustainability features include a “green roof” with a Wi-Fi equipped experimentation area that allows the students to record and analyze the growth of sedum and other succulents, as well as monitor the energy transfer in real time.

The building was completed in 2010 and opened to the student body that same year.


V. Joseph Pica – Principal

Carlos Alonso – Architect

Juan Ardila – Designer

Maria Gil – Designer

Scot Oehlbert – Architect

Mimi Pon – Project Manager

Anne Wong – Designer



Photography by Randall Michelson


Client: Westridge School for Girls

Project Size: 14,000 SF

Construction Cost: $10,000,000

Opening Date: 2010


LEED Platinum – 2011


2011 – Sustainable Innovation Award
US Green Building Council

2011 – Design Award
AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter


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