Eight years ago, the Camas alternative high school program started with one teacher and an unused classroom. In the ensuing years, a few committed teachers created a culture of learning with a growing group of students. The physical environment of the alternative high school changed often as they were moved to the next available space. The new Hayes Freedom High School is designed to offer a sense of stability and pride to these students.
Hayes Freedom is named in honor of Denis Hayes, a graduate of Camas High School and founder of Earth day, and Freedom, reflecting the cherished belief in the importance of this attribute in education. The new school embodies this vision by protecting the earth’s natural resources and enriching the learning process. The 20,500 SF building itself is being used as an interactive teaching tool.
Hayes Freedom, designed by Mahlum Architects and constructed by TEAM Construction, opened to students in September 2010. In addition to funds from the 2007 Capital Bond, the Camas School District received state funding assistance for this project from the Office of Superintendent of Instruction (OSPI). The school can accommodate up to 200 students. It is a net-zero-ready building, including optimal site orientation, extensive energy conservation measures, and 40 kW of solar panels on the roof connected to the grid through a net metering program with Clark Public Utilities. The district also received rebates through Clark Public Utilities for its energy saving measures and qualified for a Bonneville Environmental Fund Solar4RSchools educational grant.
1) Passive: Site orientation, Program distribution, High-Performance wall and roof, R-38 roof upgrade, Restricted window placement, Fiberglass windows, Skylights, Sunscreens and passive shading, Natural ventilation, and Rain Garden.
2) Active: Displacement ventilation, Heat recovery ventilation, Solar pre-heated ventilation, Demand control ventilation, Radiant floor at commons, Daylight dimming, Occupancy sensors, Energy star appliances, Premium efficiency motors, Radiant floor heating, High-efficiency boiler, Energy-efficient light fixture, Low flow domestic hot-water fixtures, Dual switched outlets, Digital energy feedback, Ceiling fans, and 40kW roof solar PV.