The new Clark Middle School in Vincennes is the first LEED for Schools-certified education facility in Indiana. The 148,560-square-foot facility is designed as an educational tool that demonstrates sustainability through multiple engaging examples in the course of daily use.
Monitoring stations throughout the building highlight ASSOCIATED FIRMDonovan and DonovanCAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$148.00FEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio usage and savings. Incorporated into the middle school curriculum, these features make physical science and the integration of mathematics and social responsibility a reality to students and the entire school community. Native plantings in water-conserving beds combine with dual-flush plumbing fixtures, energy-recovery wheels and high-efficiency lighting to create the most environmentally responsible facility conditions.
Students and staff are actively engaged in recycling programs that extend the responsibility and accountability of maintaining a sustainable environment. Additionally, many recycled materials—such as carpet and structural components—were incorporated into the construction.
The interior spaces maximize daylighting through transparencies achieve in fenestration, combined with colors and materials. Special attention was paid to the design of classroom acoustics to provide a quiet environment conducive to learning.