The first LEED-Gold-certified kindergarten and middle-school building in the city of San Jose, this 6,000-sq-ft library creates a new focal point at the campus, which dates to the 1850s and is one of the oldest schools in Northern California.

Courtesy of HMC Architects
Orchard Library, San Jose, Award of Merit, K-12 Education

The $4.3-million library expansion connects the elementary and middle schools. Among its new spaces is a technology lab. In contrast to the stucco-clad, flat-roofed 1990s buildings adjacent to it, the new library incorporates an energy-efficient metallic composite-panel exterior with zinc plate accents and abundant glass—reflective of its Silicon Valley location.

Other sustainable elements include extensive daylighting, natural ventilation, photovoltaic panels and water-saving fixtures.

Orchard Library

San Jose

Key Players

Contractor: Blach Construction, Santa Clara

Owner: Orchard School District, San Jose

Lead Design: HMC Architects, Los Angeles

Structural Engineer: Hohbach-Lewin Inc., Palo Alto

MEP: McCracken & Woodman, Inc., Oakland

Submitted by HMC Architects