Monte Vista H.S. Library and Learning Center

The new Student Library and Learning Center for San Ramon Valley Unified School District was designed to replace the existing 7,000 SF library, originally built in 1964. Situated on Monte Vista High School’s existing campus, the center features library space, meeting rooms, open seating lounge areas, as well as a multimedia center, café, and student store.

Primary HVAC systems were designed utilizing High Efficiency package gas electric air conditioning units with staged compressors and variable frequency drives on supply fans for single zone VAV operation on all systems over 6 tons capacity. This design allows for staged cooling and reduced air flows during non-peak periods for energy savings. All packaged systems were equipped with economizers for energy savings during milder cooling seasons. Systems with higher occupancies were also equipped with carbon monoxide monitoring to modulate outside air quantities to reduce heating or cooling energy requirements.

Smaller support areas such as conference and study rooms were equipped with a variable refrigerant flow heat pump system comprised of one larger outdoor heat pump with multiple individually controlled fan coils in each room. The heat pump system utilizes inverter technology by varying the speed of the compressor in the outdoor unit to meet the changing load requirements of the indoor zones allowing for maximum energy savings. The system can provide simultaneous heating and cooling to individual zones depending on their exposures and loading maximizing thermal comfort for all zones.

San Ramon Unified School District

Danville, CA

Steinberg Architects

Project Value

Project Area
18,400 SF

Completion Date

Mechanical Engineering
Plumbing Engineering
Title 24 Energy Analysis
Fire Sprinkler Criteria
DSA/HPI Documentation