The gymnasium addition to Ridgewood High School is LEED registered with a certification goal of gold. Situated on a tight urban site, the addition was constructed on a remediated brownfield. The school is bordered by residential and commercial property, providing the opportunity for alternative transportation methods. Its convenient location enables COST PER SQ FT$242.73FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers to walk or ride a bicycle to school.
The gymnasium’s vegetated green roof will reduce noise and vibration from the large, nearby airport; absorb rainfall, which will reduce detention requirements; lessen the heat-island effect; and diminish deflection and vibration from the running track, which is suspended from the roof structure.
Indoor air quality is a primary concern for the learning environment. Building commissioning, the design of an energy-efficient building envelope and mechanical/electrical systems, the use of carbon-dioxide monitors, as well as the reduction of CFCs in the equipment specified, support healthful IAQ. Daylighting, as well as the selection of light fixtures, controls and occupancy sensors, reduces electrical consumption.
The building will be a learning tool for students.