Hennebery Eddy Architects
Cascades Academy of Central Oregon houses students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The independent school, located near the Deschutes River, consists of distinct wings forming a protected courtyard: the main wing with a library, science labs, and offices; the commons, upper and lower classroom wings; and a detached gymnasium. A geothermal heat pump is the primary heat source taking advantage of the excavation required for the playing field on the rocky site. The school is heated by exposed radiant slabs. The gymnasium, constructed with insulated concrete forms, relies entirely on passive cooling and ventilation with large ceiling fans and air intakes with automated dampers.