Kirsch Center

Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies

Energy Goals and Building Features

  1. Maximize the use of on-site environmental energies.
  2. Minimize the use of “purchased” energy originating exterior to the site.
  3. Assure thermal and visual comfort.
  4. Support the flexibility of use of classroom, laboratory and conference spaces.
  5. Minimize the environmental emissions caused by the manufacture of construction materials, actual construction, and lifetime use of the building.
Other Building Features
  • Solar panel roof
  • Advanced natural ventilation (West Wing)
  • Raised floor for gentle air distribution and flexibility (East Wing)
  • Natural daylighting
  • Orientation and layout for energy efficiency and passive solar benefits
  • Water conservation and water runoff control
  • Radiant heating and cooling (West Wing)
  • Native species landscaping
Facility Layout and Highlights
  • Energy Exhibit Hall
  • Large Lecture Classroom (100 students) and Small Lecture Classroom (48 students)
  • Mediated Learning Classroom (48 students)
  • Statewide Energy Management Program (SEMP) Lab (32 students)
  • Biodiversity Program Lab – John Muir Institute of Natural Sciences (32 students)
  • The Max (open learning spaces) for mediated learning
  • Study Tutorial Areas and Student Learning Resource Center
  • Division and Faculty Offices
  • Astronomy Observation Deck, Solar Plaza and Outdoor Study Areas
  • Stewardship Resource Center
  • See our brochure about the Kirsch Center to learn more about these areas.


Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies
Building: KC 218
Contact: Pat Cornely, Executive Director
Phone: 408.864.8628

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Last Updated: 1/27/12