This 190,000-square-foot facility is conceived as a teaching tool where curriculum, community and environment converge.
Certified at the LEED gold level, the facility occupies 60,000 fewer square feet than the school it replaces. Also, its new location raises the number of eligible walkers from four to 45, and cuts travel time CITATIONMiddle School CitationFEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio the majority of students.
A transparent bridge housing the art room and learning resource center links the two main blocks: a three-story academic wing and a one-story wing containing public functions.
Brick and prairie stone suggest durability and economic responsibility, and the glass elements offer openness and natural light.
•Uses 35 percent less water than required baseline.
•49 percent of site is open space.
•Bioswales, permeable pavers.
•Green and white roofs.
•Mechanical system is 24 percent more efficient than standard systems.
•35 percent of construction materials contain recycled content.
•82 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills.
•Recycling stations and environmental signage.