Sonoma Academy


The new Janet Durgin Guild and Commons Building at Sonoma Academy consisted of the construction of two new buildings; the Guild and Commons building and the Maintenance building. The Guild and Commons is a 20,000 s.f. building featuring a student center, community gathering space, maker space, wood shop, audio studio, computer lab, teaching kitchen, and full service kitchen and dining area where farm to table education takes place. The Maintenance building is a 3,000 s.f. building that houses the school’s transportation services and provides a working space for the maintenance staff. The modern, contemporary look features large sliding doors bringing the indoor and outdoor spaces together. The building is now open and being used by students and faculty to its full intent. The buildings are targeting LEED Platinum Certification and will seek certification through both the The Living Building Challenge and The International WELL Building Institute.

Sustainable components of the project include:

  • A geoexchange system that uses the earth as heat source for the building’s heating and cooling
  • Photovoltaic panel installations to achieve Net Positive energy for the building
  • A green or living roof installed at the Grange roof deck
  • Rainwater harvesting, grey water collection and treatment systems
  • Radiant heating and cooling floor and ceiling systems

AIA COTE Top Ten Award: Sonoma Academy Janet Durgin Guild & Commons  

Client: Sonoma Academy

Architect: WRNS Studio

Location: Santa Rosa, CA