The 24 million 6300squarefoot Stevens Library at the Sacred Heart Lower and Middle School in Atherton Calif opened in December 2012 It was certified in 2014 as the first school building in California to achieve Net Zero Energy Building Certification from the International Living Future Institute Photo courtesy of WRNS Studio.

The $2.4 million, 6,300-square-foot Stevens Library at the Sacred Heart Lower and Middle School in Atherton, Calif., opened in December 2012. It was certified in 2014 as the first school building in California to achieve Net Zero Energy Building Certification from the International Living Future Institute.

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Educators and architects embrace efforts to build facilities that enhance student learning and development.

With thousands of education institutions providing learning spaces for students in the United States, the quality of instruction and the facilities where teaching takes place can both vary greatly. And throughout the history of education, teachers, administrators and designers have looked for ways to improve the school experience so that more students can accumulate knowledge and wisdom more effectively.

Some schools and universities with shrinking resources struggle to mainta

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