Coachella Valley High School Agriculture + Natural Resources Academy

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Agricultural Buildings
Firm LocationLaguna Hills, United States
CompanyPjhm Architects
Lead ArchitectThomas Kruse
Design Team Ken Podany Leo Johnson Char Yarnall Derek Stemrich James Bucknam Mason McCarthy
ClientCoachella Valley Unified School District

Climate mitigation and the revitalization of an agricultural
community define the Agriculture + Natural Resources
Academy. Providing a growing need for agriculturally based
curriculum and co-operative opportunities for local farms,
the Coachella Valley High School campus will soon house
one of the largest and most technologically advanced
agricultural educational facilities in California. Serving as
proving grounds for students, the Ag+NRA will provide
pathways for students wishing to pursue careers in
agriculture and technical sciences. Implementing multiple
fundamental design strategies to mitigate the extreme
desert environment, the Ag+NRA features extensive use of
shade, both passive and active mechanical systems, thermal
mass with night ventilation, and daylight-water-wind-solar
harvesting. Embracing the FFA motto “Learning to Do,
Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve,” the
Ag+NRA will be a valuable asset to students, educators, and
the region as a whole.