Under a pilot program, this design/build school project, the first in the state, was completed in 22 months. The building and site portray a theme relating to local early American colonial architecture and agriculture, including vernacular styling and colonial-era sustenance gardens. The building organization includes grade clusters, circulation to minimize classroom CAPACITY736COST PER SQ FT$182.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio2007 Educational Interiors and core facilities organized for after-hours community use.
The school takes every opportunity to connect with the environment, including a solarium corridor; art patio; a music room that opens to an amphitheater; a cafeteria that opens to an environmental patio; a nature trail; a media center that overlooks a bioretention swale; and a discovery learning center that describes the building and site features.
Additional features include rainwater collection for garden irrigation; a groundwater recharge system; water-quality treatment; geothermal system; under-floor air distribution; water-free urinals and low-flow fixtures; sunscreens; high-performance building systems; and reused historical ornamental features.
This project has been submitted for and is expected to receive a LEED gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.