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Montgomery Middle School makes use of glacier white and burnished warm gray concrete masonry units (CMUs)

Located in San Diego, Calif., the Montgomery Middle School makes use of glacier white and burnished warm gray concrete masonry units (CMUs) that contribute to an attractive scale and texture on the two-story school building. The CMUs provide an architectural surface that was left exposed wherever possible, saving money on costly finishes while providing excellent thermal mass and durability that contributes significantly to the building’s net-zero energy design. 

This use of concrete masonry units is very simple, sustainable and striking. The school won LEED Platinum Certification, as well as an Honor Award for Education Design from the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada.

Architect:
LPA, Inc.
5161 California Ave., Ste. 100
Irvine, CA 92617

Jon Mills, LEED® AP
Principal-in-Charge

Structural Engineer:
LPA, Inc.

General Contractor:
Balfour Beatty Construction

Masonry Contractor:
New Dimension Masonry, Inc.

Block Producer:
ORCO Block and Hardscape

Owner:
Sweetwater Union High School District

©Photography:
Costea Photography, Inc.

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