Nova Academy - Santa Ana
Client: Nova Academy Children's Foundation
Size: 44,384 SF
Project Manager: Richard Berliner, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Located in a prominent location across from Santa Ana City Hall, NOVA Academy was a 4 story office building that Berliner Architects converted into a hi-tech charter school serving students from surrounding low-income neighborhoods. Berliner completed a thorough code analysis process, determining the extent of upgrades required to convert the occupancy classification from B (offices) to E (educational). This work includes additional means of egress, fire rating of corridors, and structural upgrades. Originally built in 1981 with a “pre-Northridge” steel moment frame system, the building required an extensive seismic strengthening as a result of the change of occupancy. To this end, Berliner and our consultants evaluated a diverse range of strategies, ultimately landing on an innovative fluid damper retrofit system. This approach will alleviate the need for works to enlarge the foundations, saving valuable time and resources. Additionally, the renovation will fully update and modernize the facilities – including a fitness center and student resource hub.