Hoover High School’s Sustainable Academy of Building and Engineering (SABE) Wins Outstanding Award

Posted: Tuesday, March 10th 2020


SAN DIEGO - Nine years after local and state bond propositions funded its construction, Hoover High School’s Sustainable Academy of Building and Engineering (SABE) has won an exceptional award from the California Department of Education (CDE).  

In a Jan. 28 letter sent to Hoover High School’s Director of SABE, Angela Hummel, the California Department of Education (CDE) named the academy a “2020 California Distinguished Partnership Academy,” an award only ten percent of academies have received in 35 years. 

“It’s awesome,” said Hummel. “When you have a clean, nice, state-of-the-art facility, I really think that students look around at their surroundings and take it more seriously.” 

WATCH: KUSI news interview of the SABE facility 

Completed in October 2011, SABE, originally called the Green Construction Program Building, is a cutting-edge project that features a modern, commercial-grade woodshop set in an industrial arts classroom. 

San Diego Unified College, Career and Technical (CCTE) Director, Sarah Vielma, said the 2020 award for the SABE facility is a foreshadowing of what is to come for the culinary facility at Hoover, and other CCTE projects currently underway at San Diego Unified. 

“I’m thrilled to see our hard work and dedication come to fruition” Vielma said. “This is a great example of how CCTE helps students prepare for college and career pathways, one day at a time.”  

CCTE provides high quality college and career-themed programs, which engage students with state-of-the-art, dynamic and challenging courses. The courses integrate core standards and industry competencies with real-world applications that prepare students for success. 

At Hoover, the 5,700 square-foot SABE facility features state-of-the-art dust collecting/ventilation and noise reduction systems, photovoltaic solar system, and LEED certified exterior building materials. The building itself serves as an educational lab where students learn about subjects, ranging from renewable technologies in construction, photovoltaic solar systems, renewable and recycled building products, and energy efficiency. 

 
 
 
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Nine years after local and state bond propositions funded its construction, Hoover High School’s Sustainable Academy of Building and Engineering (SABE) has won an exceptional award from the California Department of Education (CDE). In a Jan. 28 letter sent to Hoover High School’s Director of SABE, Angela Hummel, the California Department of Education (CDE) named the academy a “2020 California Distinguished Partnership Academy,” an award only ten percent of academies have received in 35 years. Read & watch KUSI news coverage here: https://www.sandiegounified.org/newscenter/hoover-high-school’s-sustainable-academy-building-and-engineering-sabe-wins-outstanding-award

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In 2012, the project was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

Fast forward to 2020, and the SABE building has now reached new heights with the CDE award. Hummel said the process to get the award was rigorous, but worthwhile. 

“It’s nice to have your hard work recognized,” said Hummel. 

Junior Erick Belnudez took part in a panel interview with CDE, to advocate for why SABE deserved to win the award. Both of his older brothers, who learned through SABE, went to college. One completed a degree in civil engineering, while the other is pursuing a dream of becoming a math professor. 

“I think it’s very rewarding to the student body because it [the award] gives us energy to put even more effort into being better the year after, and the year after that,” said Erick Belnudez, Junior at Hoover High School.

Junior Erick Belnudez poses for a photo in front of the SABE building at Hoover High School on February 26, 2020. 

“Seeing these projects come to completion, and watching students learning and succeeding, just shows how significant local and state bonds are for students across San Diego," said Richard Barrera, San Diego Unified Board of Education Vice President.  

Hummel, along with SABE staff, accepted their outstanding award on February 28 at the Educating for Careers Conference. Hummel said the award is a representation of her hard working staff and students. She plans on holding a larger celebration for students and staff in the near future. 

You can read more about San Diego Unified’s FPC projects at http://fpcprojects.sandi.net

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