Seminars: Session Details

Session B3
Two Schools: Sustainable Sonoma and Kakaako High-rise
Time & Location 2:15PM - 3:15PM | Room 317A
Adam Woltag and Jason DeMarco
WRNS Studio

A story of two schools. One, a proposed high-rise elementary school in urban Honolulu. The second, a new, net zero living building in the wine country of northern California. Sonoma Academy’s 22,000-square-foot facility combines dining, making, gathering and learning spaces in a new net zero/living building nestled in the heart of the existing campus. We have learned that the process of developing a living building begins with culture and community and grows from there. This journey in wine country, though seemingly remote, offers lessons to the development of Hawaii’s first urban high-rise elementary school in Kakaako. The high-rise school aspires to bring together sustainable design and education, in an urban context, while fostering a learning community in a vertical environment. Lessons learned, challenges and outcomes will be discussed.

A partner with WRNS Studio, Adam Woltag, AIA, approaches each design challenge by searching for a balance between the poetic and the pragmatic — beauty meets budget, program and site. His work has been recognized with numerous publications and awards, including the prestigious AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Award and the first certified net zero library in the United States. Committed to advancing the profession of architecture and the purposeful development of our cities, Woltag is an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts.

Jason DeMarco, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a project architect at WRNS Studio with 10 years of experience around the globe. With attention to project and practice management, projects are accomplished efficiently and accurately. Jason earned his Master of Architecture and Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania. Giving back to the community and his profession, he volunteers as a board member for AIA Honolulu, the chair of the AIA Honolulu ARE preparation committee, a Webelos den leader, and serves as the Hawaii State Licensing Adviser.