County Receives Energy All-Star Award for San Pasqual Academy Housing

The San Diego County General Services Department won an Energy All-Star Award for its San Pasqual Academy Residential Housing Project, the nation’s only residential campus for foster youth. The awards were presented by the California Center for Sustainable Energy.

The Energy All-Star Awards represent the most innovative and highest achievements for clean energy projects in San Diego County that were completed in 2011.

“The County is honored to be chosen for this award recognizing our greener building standards,” said Chairman Ron Roberts. “Those clean energy features were thoughtfully planned out and designed to help sustain the housing and these foster youth well into the future.”

Energy efficient appliances and lighting, high efficiency climate and ventilation systems, cool metal roofs, and low flow plumbing are among some of the housing features that were lauded for their outstanding innovation in the housing project.

The new homes energy efficient design will result in 42 percent less energy usage than current building code requirements.

The academy is home to 130 foster youth, ages 12 to 18, and is located in North County. The rebuilding project, completed in October, includes 30 residential units and a new administration building. The project replaces 29 buildings that were burned down in the 2007 wildfires.

The new attached and detached housing with up to three bedrooms will house academy alumni and transitional age foster youth, staff and volunteer “grandparents” who help make the school a community.

Roberts and Vice Chairman Greg Cox initially conceived of the San Pasqual Academy project in the late 1990s. Their goal was to give foster teens a stable place to live and learn, and, ultimately earn a high school diploma. The academy opened in 2001 and is now considered a national model for guiding foster youth on a path toward success.

Legacy Building Services design-build team was the contractor on the rebuilding project.

In December, the project also achieved LEED Platinum certification for the new housing units.

This is the fourth All-Star award the County has received. Previous awards recognized the County’s achievements at the County Operations Center (2011), Outstanding Organizational Achievement in Energy (2009), and the Goodan Ranch Center (2008).

Yvette Urrea Moe is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact