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The Samueli Academy is an innovative public charter school whose vision is to serve foster youth and disadvantaged youth. This vision is inspired
by the fact that over 30% of foster children end up homeless within 18 months of aging out of the foster care system.
The Dhont Community Center is the anchor building for residential housing that will be incorporated into the Samueli Academy. Since the development of residential
housing was delayed due to regulatory issues Lennar Homes and HomeAid Orange County stepped up to build the facility, which was initially estimated at a construction
cost of $1.2 million, charitably.
The end result was the completion of the building far sooner than would have ever been possible with donations from HomeAid, Lennar, and its trade contractors
The project was a unique accomplishment as a commercial building completed by a Residential Home Builder under a charitable model.
The project includes a medical clinic and additionally was designed by LPA to meet all the requirements for LEED certification. Unique sustainable elements of the
building design include:
Catch basin designed to capture rain water for use in site irrigation
Solatubes located through building for energy efficient lighting
Roof is solar ready and is placed correct angle and orientation
Building materials are low VOC with high recycled content
Dhont Community Center - Samueli
Santa Ana, CA
HomeAid Orange County, Inc.
LPA Inc. Orange County
Photographer: John Duy Nguyen
Award of Merit
Operation Renovation | Giving Back to
Spring Valley, CA
Midway City, CA
American Family Housing
SVA Architects, Inc.
2015 Central Valley St. Jude Dream
De Young Properties
William Hezmalhalch / Michael Rupard, AIA /
TK Design &Architecture, Inc.