Bristow Elementary School

Warren County Board of Education · Bowling Green, Kentucky
79,817 SF/700 Students
Net Zero Ready
LEED Silver Certified, Energy Star



Covered student area at media center



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Kentucky’s first “Net Zero Ready” School

Bristow Elementary is Kentucky’s first “Net Zero Ready” school. It is designed to consume 19 kBtu of energy per square foot annually, which is 73 percent more efficient than the average school. The school includes a plan for the infrastructure to add a 360-kW solar panel package in the future, at which time it can affordably achieve Net Zero Energy, generating as much energy as it consumes.

The energy-reducing strategies developed by Sherman Carter Barnhart echo the school District’s goals of sustainability. Natural daylight, controlled by light shelves and sunshades, dramatically reduces the artificial light needed in the classrooms and provides a healthier learning environment. Polished concrete and bamboo floors significantly reduce long-term maintenance and are readily renewable materials. The elimination of deep fryers and tilting skillets not only saves energy in the kitchen but also supports the district-wide initiative to provide healthier lunches for the students.

The integration of the building’s energy savings and sustainable features into the curriculum creates a collaborative learning environment of curiosity and imagination. A geothermal hallway, with exposed geothermal pipes and temperature gauges allow students to track the building’s performance while watching the system at work, demonstrating the earth’s ability to transfer energy.

A sundial in the rotunda is oriented true north and allows students to monitor the sun’s daily path as it bathes the school in natural daylight. Through the integration of laptops and iPads combined with Wi-Fi access creates building transparency by providing students the ability to obtain knowledge beyond the limitation of the classroom walls.

Bristow operates at
19.5 EUI/sf/yr creating an average savings of over $95,300 a year in energy costs.

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The Louisville Metro Housing Authority and the City of Louisville will break ground Friday, March 29, on Phase I of the Beecher Terrace Revitalization. Phase I includes a single, four-story building with 117 units designed specifically for seniors.

As part of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grant, the new Beecher Terrace will be transformed into a sustainable, walkable, and amenity-rich community. When complete it will offer over 600 units of affordable housing. The buildings reflect the character of nearby neighborhoods while maintaining their heritage and identity.

The entire redevelopment is pursuing U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and USGBC Kentucky LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) and Enterprise Green Community certification.

Sherman Carter Barnhart has worked with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority for over 25 years, and we are proud to be a partner with McCormack Baron Companies on the Beecher Terrace Revitalization.
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The Louisville Metro Housing Authority and the City of Louisville will break ground Friday, March 29, on Phase I of the Beecher Terrace Revitalization. Phase I includes a single, four-story building with 117 units designed specifically for seniors.  As part of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 
Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grant, the new Beecher Terrace will be transformed into a sustainable, walkable, and amenity-rich community. When complete it will offer over 600 units of affordable housing. The buildings reflect the character of nearby neighborhoods while maintaining their heritage and identity. 
The entire redevelopment is pursuing U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and USGBC Kentucky LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) and Enterprise Green Community certification.  Sherman Carter Barnhart has worked with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority for over 25 years, and we are proud to be a partner with McCormack Baron Companies on the Beecher Terrace Revitalization.

 

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Libraries often reflect the architectural style of their communities. At Sherman Carter Barnhart, we're proud to create designs that complement and reflect the uniqueness of each community we've worked in. ... See MoreSee Less

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Libraries often reflect the architectural style of their communities. At Sherman Carter Barnhart, were proud to create designs that complement and reflect the uniqueness of each community weve worked in.

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