North Shore Community School Addition

Duluth Township, Minnesota




North Shore Community School


10,000 sq.ft.

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Design Team
Brian Morse (Project Manager); Greg Cooper (Project Architect); Chris Lawson (Mechanical Engineer); Todd Volkmeier (Electrical Engineer); Fred Pasno, Rob Schweich (Electrical Designers); Troy Androli (Structural Engineer); James Kilborn (Mechanical Designer); Jon Loye (Civil Engineer)

North Shore Community School is a K-6 environmental learning charter school along the north shore of Lake Superior between Duluth and Two Harbors, Minnesota. The school emphasizes environmental stewardship and hands-on exploration of the natural world. The addition has four classrooms, an art lab, restrooms, small conference rooms, and greenhouse.

Achieving an environmentally responsible design was critical to the project. The mechanical system included high-efficiency HVAC equipment with displacement demand ventilation, geothermal heat pumps, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. A ground-mounted photovoltaic solar panel array, coupled with occupancy and daylight sensor control LED light fixtures, significantly reduced energy consumption. In addition, each classroom used a small passive solar heating system along the south-facing windows to harvest heat gained during the day for later release when temperatures drop overnight. These systems not only save energy and support the school’s environmental mission, but also serve as active learning tools employed by teachers. TKDA developed an energy model to obtain a 20% energy savings over a conventional code-compliant building.

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Interface
Ceilings by USG
Flooring by nora systems, Inc.
Ceramic Tile by Crossville
Doors by Algoma Hardwoods
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Roofing by Carlisle SynTec
Windows by Tubelite
Emergency Lighting by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Peerless Lighting
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Scranton Products
HVAC Control Devices by Johnson Controls
Draperies/Blinds by Draper
Lockers by Penco Products
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