Building As A Teaching Tool
- The “geothermal hallway” with exposed system components displays temperature gauges to watch the earth at work.
- A “solar hallway” allow students to see the amount of energy transferred from the sun to laptop batteries.
- A “water conservation hallway” displays rainwater collection and filtration through site bioswales.
- A “recycling hallway” with bins allow students to measure recycling quantities.
Flexible Learning through Technology Initiatives
- The integration of laptops and iPads combined with Wi-Fi access, creates building transparency providing students the ability to obtain knowledge beyond the classroom walls
High Performance Elements include:
- North-south building orientation enhances daylighting/maximizes solar panel performance
- The building is compact in configuration and volume.
- ICF (Insulated Concrete) walls
- Super Insulated R-32 roof
- Geothermal HVAC With Distributive Pumping
- Occupancy, Motion & CO2 Monitoring Controls
- Active daylighting with light shelves and Solatubes®
- A central clerestory harvests light from corridors and redirects it into high volume spaces.
- 394 kw Solar Panels generated from two locations - the roof and a mono-crystalline shade structure
- Kitchen Strategies: Energy Star rated equipment; combi-ovens in lieu of fryers and tilting skillets eliminate Class 1 hoods and minimize energy costs.
- Renewable Materials: Soy-based stained concrete and porcelain pavers were used especially in high traffic areas of the school.
- Monitoring Controls: Occupancy, motion, and CO2 monitoring reducing energy demands.