Whitmore Lake High School is a new 155,264-square-foot facility on an 82-acre site. The school is one of only about 10 LEED-certified comprehensive high schools in the country.
The team worked together to develop green strategies that would become the foundation of the new school. Initiatives included:
•A new pond.
•Use of high-albedo paving.
•A CAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$197.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio roof.
•High-efficiency plumbing fixtures.
•A geothermal heat-pump system.
•Materials with high recycled content.
•Indoor air quality measures.
Early in the process, an underground geothermal system was identified as the best energy-saving strategy for the Michigan climate. The design team made project adjustments to allow for its inclusion.
The underlying theme of the overall design for the school was efficiency. Flexibility and multipurpose spaces were keys to success. Shared science labs and a flexible cafeteria that can combine with an auditorium are two examples. Science lecture rooms share a common lab instead of each having individual labs. Bleacher seating in the auditorium retracts into the cafeteria, saving almost 3,800 square feet.