Pittsburg: Parkside Elementary School Breaks Ground on 1st Zero Net Energy School

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Pittsburg Unified School District (PUSD) breaks ground on the construction site of a new Parkside Elementary School. Funded by Measure L, a 2011 G.O. Bond, PUSD is moving forward with plans for a new Zero Net Energy school, meaning there will be enough renewable energy onsite to cover the entire cost of utilities of the school campus.

At an estimated cost of $44,100,660, the new Parkside Elementary School is scheduled to open for the 2020/2021 school year. The new campus will replace the original school, which was built in 1958.

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“Thanks to the generosity of the voters in Pittsburg, we are able to bring a new elementary school to our Parkside community,” said Janet Schulze, Superintendent at PUSD. “We have spent several years planning for this project and are thrilled to see all the hard work behind-the-scenes turn into a beautiful school that is cutting edge in green technology.”

The construction of the new school will encompass 85,976 square feet, 37 classrooms (including five Kindergarten and one Pre-Kindergarten classrooms, two Special Education classrooms and one multi-use classroom), a multipurpose gymnasium, library, computer lab, and educator collaboration spaces. In line with the Net Zero energy design, the school will utilize a Solar/PV Arrays System around the campus grounds.

The Arrays will serve as carport covers for most of the parking spaces onsite, as well as shade cover for an outdoor eating area and student pick-up and drop-off zone. The school campus irrigation system will utilize reclaimed water, ensuring a reliable and cost-effective water solution for landscape.