Riverbend Elementary School

  • Location: Yuba City, CA
  • Type: Elementary School
  • Scope: Single Story, Grid-Neutral Campus
“Our District is committed to energy conservation, and AMS shares that commitment. Riverbend is a breakthrough in energy self-reliance, solar-powered to meet up to 100% of the campus’ peak electrical demand. AMS modular buildings are integral to that efficiency, as well as to the overall campus design. Having AMS on our team was key to the success of our Riverbend campus.”
Steve Plaxco
Director of Maintenance and Facilities, Yuba City Unified School District

Project Background

A model of energy and cost efficiency, Riverbend was built to CHPS® standards for high performance schools at 40% of the typical design-built cost. Sited along the Yuba River, the K-8 campus connects students with the environment, with ten AMS modular buildings – containing classrooms, science labs, workrooms, office and custodial space— clustered around grassy outdoor space.

The Grid-Neutral design optimizes performance with PV panels on a standing seam roof, high-efficiency systems, daylighting and light sensors. The first recipient of the DSA Grid Neutral Schools Award and the CHPS Green Apple Award, Riverbend serves as a blueprint for sustainable and solar school design.