Rich Story On Display at Ernest S. McBride, Sr. High School

McBride High has been acclaimed as an environmentally friendly and high performing school. Throughout the design and construction of this campus, LPA has consistently focused on using green design to craft a true 21st century learning center. As a result, McBride High has many features that address energy use, water management, indoor air quality and more—all to benefit the students and staff at the new Long Beach high school.

Many sustainable features have been incorporated into the design of the K-12 campus, including energy efficient central plant HVAC coupled with building orientation and window locations that are refined to minimize heat gain, saving energy on cooling and heating. In addition, a 277-kilowatt rooftop grid-tied photovoltaic system is predicted to meet up to 60% of the estimated site energy use.

The 150,000-square-foot facility has received recognition by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), as a finalist for the 2015 James MacConnell Awards. This awards program highlights and recognizes the connection between curriculum and design.

The school was also recognized for its sustainability with the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Verified program. It also exceeds California Title-24 2008 standards by approximately 40% and the 2030 Challenge benchmark by 75%, well ahead of the current 2030 Commitment levels.