To date, the Paakuma' K-8 School project has the highest CHPS point total of any school in the San Bernardino City Unified School District.
To date, the Paakuma' K-8 School project has the highest CHPS point total of any school in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. The design focused on increased energy performance through the use of high SEER rated mechanical units, direct-indirect classroom lighting with high performance controls and increased insulation values at the envelope. The project will also be commissioned. Daylighting in each classroom increases energy performance, and will contribute to the quality of the learning spaces. Low-emitting materials, acoustic treatment and indoor air quality measures were also included to enhance the indoor learning environments. The overall design made smart use of common building materials and achieved more than 40 points without adding expensive materials or systems. Paakuma’ K–8 School, named for San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ revered leader Santos Manuel. Paakuma’ is the Serrano Indian name of Santos Manuel, leader of Yuhaviatam Clan of Serrano Indians and namesake of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, who is remembered as a community builder and as a person who, following years of turmoil, established a forward-looking relationship with the people of the San Bernardino Valley. He was known for his generosity, caring not only for his fellow tribal members, but also travelers who stayed on the reservation for ceremonies, celebrations or to work on the fruit groves in the San Bernardino valley. The school serves as many as 1,088 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Thirty-nine classrooms span 18 acres adjacent to the Rosena Ranch housing development off Interstate 15.