The Sugar Bowl Academy
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The Sugar Bowl Academy

November 20, 2014
The Sugar Bowl Academy is a college preparatory high school located at the base of the slopes in a popular high Sierra Mountain ski resort. The school is focused on providing both a mountain live-in learning environment that balances high quality academics with the rigorous training needs of nordic athletes. Our preliminary scope involved developing programming and master planning for the long-term needs of the campus community on the wooded site. The first phase was the design and delivery of the first two buildings in the complex: a new 10,530 sf academic building and a new 9,200 sf dormitory structure for 33 students and 2 faculty apartments.
Future project phases for the Sugar Bowl Academy will include: 1) a Commons Building with a dining hall, kitchen, student lounge, meeting rooms and offices, 2) a second dormitory to accommodate an additional 27 students and faculty apartments and 3) a dedicated training facility.
Located in the environmentally sensitive Lake Tahoe region, part of the team’s challenge was resolving complex planning, environmental and programming issues.  Pfau Long Architecture was the design architect for the project working closely in collaboration with Ward Young Architects who served as the Executive Architects. State-of- the-art sustainable strategies for high mountain environments were part of the design, including “passive haus” strategies for super insulation, high performance window systems and energy recovery ventilation; all of which served to significantly reduce the energy required to provide year round thermal comfort in the buildings.

Location / year

Norden, CA / 2014

Project Type

K-12 School


Pfau Long Architecture, Design Architect
Ward Young Architecture, Executive Architect

Principals in Charge

Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP
Larry Young

Project Scope

LEED & Green Building
New Academic and Dormitory Building(s)

Project Managers

Marcos Ancinas
Robert Heck
Mattison Ly, LEED AP

Photographic Credits

Vance Fox Photography

Square Footage

19,730 SF

Team Members

Anne-Flore Perroud

Sustainable / LEED

Designed to LEED Standards

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