Kensington CAPA High School

Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) was established to bring together communities through education and the arts. The extensive use of daylight as a primary design focus created a high quality visual environment conducive to learning. Light monitors and clerestory windows brought daylight into the dance and art studios creating a dynamic environment. Electric lighting was not required for most daytime activities. Lighting controls were automated, but provided users with a manual override. It was the first public high school in the country to earn Platinum Certification in the LEED for Schools Rating System and recently won an AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Award.

Electric Lighting & Daylighting Design: David Nelson & Associates
Architect: SMP Architects
Project Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Project Size: 88,405 square feet
Year Project Completed: 2010
Owner: The School District of Philadelphia
Contact: Jane Rath, AIA, Principal
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