High-performance design concepts and materials had to be incorporated into this new prototype to reduce energy and maintenance costs, and to enhance student performance. Complementing and incorporating the natural elements of the site were considered in selecting the site and building materials for the school.
Exterior materials include natural stone and brick. An CAPACITY550COST PER SQ FT$105.99FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio learning space includes two above-ground rainwater harvesting systems and storage cisterns. These are used to collect and store rainwater for outdoor student gathering projects and to provide a water supply for irrigation.
Natural fossilized limestone at the library desk allows students to trace fossil images onto paper and then conduct further research via the Internet. One library wall was cladded with clapboard siding to replicate an old barn on the site.
All classrooms incorporate daylighting. Natural light monitors on the roof bounce and diffuse sunlight through a series of baffles suspended from the ceilings. Recessed classroom windows allow windows to be out of direct sunlight at all times, while bouncing light into the room with a light shelf.