CASE STUDIES--GREEN SCHOOLS
Descriptions, photographs, and plans of high performance green schools, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
References to Books and Other Media
Bertschi School Living Science Building
(Whole Building Design Guide, Aug 2012)
Case study of the Bertschi School Living Science building, located in Seattle, the first project in the world built to the Living Building Challenge (LBC) v2.0 criteria and in an urban setting. This elementary school wing, collaboratively designed with the students and completed in February 2011, follows LBC requirements that include 20 Imperatives. These Imperatives, which include net zero water, net zero energy and adherence to a materials Red List, must be proven over a one year period of occupancy.
When the Building is the Teacher
Stone, Michael K.; Dale, John; and Sly, Carolie
(Center for Ecoliteracy, Apr 2012)
Essay explores how campus, teaching, and learning complement each other. Discussion is based on the Lodi Unified School District, in California's Central Valley, design of a new STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] Academy for the district. The campus's sustainable features will include maximizing natural daylighting and indoor environmental quality, incorporating bioswales for management of surface water, and a goal of achieving grid-neutral status through energy conservation and production of electricity through photovoltaics and wind power. The campus is intended to enhance learning, to be a teacher itself, and to support a unique curriculum organized around major themes of green technology.
Greening America’s Schools: The Environmental Sustainability Movement in K-12 Education
(National Association of Independent Schools, 2012)
Makes the case for independent schools going green and highlights approximately 50 independent and public K-12 U.S. schools that have done a remarkable job doing so. It describes what it means to be a green school, the benefits and challenges, and includes insights from the higher education experienceTO ORDER: http://www.nais.org/transact/ProductDetail.cfm?product_code=B142
Building Energy- Efficient Schools in New Orleans
(U. S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Dec 2011)
This case study presents the lessons learned from incorporating energy efficiency in the rebuilding and renovating of New Orleans K-12 schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The experiences of four new schools—Langston Hughes Elementary School, Andrew H. Wilson Elementary School (which was 50% new construction and 50% major renovation), L.B. Landry High School, and Lake Area High School—and one major renovation, Joseph A. Craig Elementary School—are described to help other school districts and design teams with their in-progress and future school building projects in hot-humid climates. 23p
Marysville Getchell High School Campus
(Education Design Showcase, Dec 2011)
Describes the Marysville Getchell High School Campus near Seattle, winner of the 2011 Education Design Showcase, and designed by the DLR Group.
High Performance, Healthy Schools
(U.S. Green Building Council - Georgia, Nov 2011)
USGBC-GA's High Performance, Healthy Schools Program helps Georgia school systems and private schools implement sustainability programs into their schools. This video shows the work that is being done. The video was shot onsite at Springdale Park Elementary School, a LEED certified school of the Atlanta Public School System. Includes unscripted remarks from the students about how their LEED school positively impacts their learning environment. Also featured are green school advocate Laura Turner Seydel and Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.
LBJ NetZero Middle School
(Guerilla Educators, Nov 2011)
On November, 11-12, educational facilities planners from CEFPI had the opportunity to visit and participate in a NetZero Symposium at the Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, located in Irving, Texas. In this video, a tour of the school is given by Alejandro, a student there. The school is virtually paperless and produces more energy than it uses which is then sold back to the local utility company.
Green Schools That Teach: Identifying Attributes of Whole-School Sustainability.
Barr, Stephanie Kay
(Masters Thesis, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, Summer 2011)
The combination of green school design, green organizational behavior, and aligned educational goals sets the stage for the attributes of green schools to become teaching tools. School facilities, whether functioning well or not, serve as powerful pedagogical instruments. This research study focused on five LEED certified green schools promoting sustainability through building design, operations, and curriculum. Participating schools were LEED certified and offered a formal environmental education program. The purpose of the study was to explore the combination of attributes leading to success in developing a methodology for best practices resulting in a model for whole-school sustainability. Shared sustainable values among stakeholders formed a supportive culture informing decisions about facility design and curriculum and guided the whole-school sustainability process. The physical context of participating schools reinforced successful whole-school sustainability through hands-on learning opportunities for students and physical representation of the entity‘s values. Finally, the alignment of sustainability values within culture, curriculum, and facility operations was found to be critical to the success of whole-school sustainability.[Author's abstract] 139p.
Case Study of California's First CHPS Verified School.
(Collaborative for High Performance Schools, May 02, 2011)
High Tech High Chula Vista, in Chula Vista, California, a public charter school of 550 students in grades 9 -12, is the state’s first CHPS-Verified School. Students, facilities representatives and CHPS take you on a tour of this special school, providing insight into this school and their high performance school project, its design criteria, and goals.
'Green Schools' and the Bottom Line.
(Education Week, May 2011)
Examination of Stoddert Elementary School in Washington, D.C. After obtaining LEED certification in 2010, the school is finishing its first year as a newly renovated "green school." Includes interviews with the principal, teachers, and students.
L.B. Landry High School
(HunterDouglasContract Project Gallery, Apr 2011)
New Orlean's Landry High School was nearly destroyed after Hurricane Katrina swept through the area. After many believed the school would not reopen, Landry High School was chosen by The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Louisiana Recovery Authority and Recovery School District to receive funding and grants to rebuild the school. The architectural team was challenged with designing a sustainable new high school that retained the old school's basic layout, with modern upgrades. The ceiling and exterior wall applications, along with other sustainable features of the school, have put the facility on track to receive LEED Silver Certification. Includes 10 photographs.
Atascocita Springs Elementary School
(PBK Architects, Jan 25, 2011)
Video of the PBK-designed Atascocita Springs Elementary School in Humble, Texas. This unique school has recently earned LEED certification, and is CHPS compliant.
Manassas Park Elementary School and Pre-K
(VMDO Architects, 2011)
Case study of Manassas Park, Virginia elementary school campus. A new 10,500 gsf Pre-Kindergarten serves 70 students, including special-needs individuals. The 121,200 gsf Upper School houses up to 875 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Instructional spaces are tailored for programs in academics, fitness, and visual & musical arts. Each room name is themed after a local animal or plant. The three academic ‘houses’ are articulated as Summer, Fall or Spring via room signage, wayfinding techniques and color schemes. The hallways of each academic house are lined with a random pattern of clear finished Poplar, Cherry, Ash, Maple, Red Oak and White Oak vertical planks mixed with full length mirrors – giving the student the effect of walking in the woods. Innovative teaching techniques combine with a sustainable building to provide opportunities not found in traditional school construction. 9p
Manassas Park Elementary School Landscape
(American Society of Landscape Architects, 2011)
Describes Manassas Park Elementary in Manassas Park, Virginia, an ASLA Honor Award winning project. Includes a site plan, project statement, project narrative, site description and design, and the project resources.
Greening Early Childhood Centers.
Lindstrom, Mike and Gillman, Amy
(Local Initiatives Support Corporation/Community Investment Collaborative for Kids, New York, NY , Oct 2010)
Focuses on high-impact green environmentally-sound building design and facility management practices that can be implemented over the long term, as well as low-cost/no-cost ideas for physical improvements, environmental education, and facilities operations that can be undertaken immediately. Explains why green design makes sense for early childhood centers. Includes a Go Green Checklist. 42p.
Manassas Park Elementary School + Pre-K
(American Institute of Architects, Apr 19, 2010)
Description of the environmental aspects of Manassas Park Elementary School + Pre-K in Manassas Park, Virginia, winner in the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects in 2010. Inside and out, sustainable design is integrated with the elementary curriculum. Design decisions were made to showcase as many teachable moments as possible. A comprehensive signage program highlights green building facts, demystifies sustainable building systems, and describes flora and fauna found in the adjacent forest. 1p.
Stoddert Elementary School Campus Modernization.
(Stoddert Elementary School, Washington, DC , Jan 27, 2010)
Provides plans, renderings, and photographs for this District of Columbia school renovation and addition. Sustainable design features are enumerated with a LEED scoresheet. 22p.
Green Schools New Orleans Initiative
(Global Green, 2010)
In New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, schools became a critical component of its rebuilding efforts there. The goal of this initiative is to create healthier classrooms and more energy efficient schools that in turn improve student performance and save money for school districts, while helping to protect the environment and reducing carbon emissions. The Green Schools Initiative is made possible by a grant from the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund.
Manassas Park Elementary School.
(The Chesapeake Bay Program, Annapolis, 2010)
This video tour of the new Manassas Park Elementary School details the facility's abundant sustainable features. The lead architect on the project details the rainwater harvesting system, outdoor classroom, geothermal wells, daylighting, low-maintenance flooring, and environmental themes found throughout the building.
Michael J. Homer Science and Student Life Center.
Profiles the Michael J. Homer Science and Student Life Center of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, California. The LEED Platinum certified schools features water-efficient plumbing fixtures, solar panels, green roof and drought tolerant landscaping. The school is aiming to use 69% less energy compared to typical schools. The school has also been approved by the Department of Environmental Health Services Division to serve its students cafeteria fruit and vegetables grown in its own organic garden.
Stoddert Elementary School.
(EE&K Architects, 2010)
Description of the modernized and expanded sustainable school in Washington, D.C. that enhances learning and inspires environmental stewardship. An interactive kiosk in the heart of the school enables students to monitor and analyze the building’s use of energy and other resources. This performance data is also available to the interactive whiteboards on classrooms throughout the school.
Students Leading the Way 2009-2010: Energy Saving Success Stories from California.
(Alliance to Save Energy, Green Schools Program, Washington, D.C. , 2010)
Students and teachers from California Green Schools describe their strategies to reduce energy waste and bring the energy efficiency message into the community. 54 schools across all three participating school districts reduced energy use by an average of 15.5%, more than any other year of the program.
T.C. Williams High School
(T.C. Williams , 2010)
Offers a virtual tour of Alexandria, Virginia's, T.C. Williams high school, emphasizing its many "green" features, and providing floor plans and photographs of educational and social spaces.
LID in New Schools: The LAUSD Example.
Anchipolovsky, Alla; Balaa, Talal; Wang, Ying; Austin, Lisa; Havens, Kelly
(American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA, 2010)
Presents a number of case studies for new school designs that incorporate low-impact development (LID) techniques, as well as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The case studies highlight the special considerations that accompany LID implementation for new school projects within the District and include techniques such as infiltration, biofiltration, use of site-specific native plants, green roofs, and community-based wetlands. The case studies showcase projects that have addressed the special school design considerations and achieved the green goals established by the School Board. 18TO ORDER: http://cedb.asce.org/cgi/WWWdisplay.cgi?262784
Sustainable School Architecture: Design for Primary and Secondary Schools.
Gelfan, Lisa; Freed, Eric
(John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ , 2010)
Offers guidance on the planning, architecture, and design of schools that are healthy, stimulating, and will conserve energy and resources. The book emphasizes how eco-friendly practices for school construction can create an environment that students will emulate and carry into the world. Also included are a focus on the links between best sustainable practices and the specific needs of educational institutions, 19 international case studies of contemporary sustainable schools, information on the California Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, resources for incremental modernization and operation strategies as well as comprehensive transformation, tips on running an integrated, and contributions by experts on approaches to the sites, systems, maintenance, and operation of sustainable schools. 335p.TO ORDER: http://www.wiley-vch.de/publish/en/books/ISBN978-0-470-44543-3
Evidence-Based Design of Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2nd Ed.
(John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ , 2010)
Advises design professionals on how to create schools that are an extension of their communities. With assistance from research-intensive principles, theories, concepts, research methodologies, and the behavioral sciences, the book provides strategies for establishing a design approach that is responsive to the changing needs of educators and their students. The book presents an overview of the current research and learning theories in education and how they apply to contemporary school design, explores the history of school design in the United States; examines the role of information technology in education, includes case studies of more than twenty school designs, and connsiders what learning environments may be in the near future. It also analyzes the current shift toward a modern architectural paradigm that balances physical beauty, social awareness, and building technologies with functionality to create buildings that optimize the educational experience for all learners. 348p.
Building Type Basics for Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2nd Ed.
Perkins, Bradford; Bordwell, Raymond
(John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ , 2010)
Advises architects, planners, engineers, and their clients through all aspects of school facilities design. Chapters address predesign, circulation, design concerns and process, site planning, codes, sustainability, systems, technology, materials, acoustics, lighting, interiors, wayfinding, renovation, international design issues, operation and maintenance, and financing. Appendices provide sample space programs for elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The book examines technology's influence in the classroom, along with current research that shows how school buildings can impact teaching and learning. Design guidance is illustrated with school case studies, photographs, diagrams, floor plans, sections, and details. 350p.
Fostering Whole-Systems Thinking Through Architecture: Eco-School Case Studies in Europe and Japan.
Examines how architecture, engineering, landscaping, and educational systems are combined to make school buildings the instruments through which students learn how to lessen human impact on the environment. Through tours, interviews, archival data, and surveys with data from England, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Japan, the thesis investigates factors involved in eco-school development, and documents four eco-schools' design, activities, and students' environmental attitudes. Interviews with principals, architects, and government officials revealed that eco-schools develop quickly with enthusiastic principals who excite their students, faculty, and school board members with occasions to think and act in ecologically responsible ways. 92p.
Jackson LEED School Tour.
(Channel 22 Local, Jackson Hole, WY, Apr 2009)
Illustrates the challenge of LEED-certified construction in the face of extreme cold. Davy Jackson Elementary School, Jackson, Wyoming, is a K-2 school that aims to conserve heat loss. While upgraded insulation costs more at first, it achieves buy-back value in 13 years. The school makes use of time and motion sensors for classroom lighting in addition to sensors that detect zoned need for light when classroom is occupied. School makes use of local suppliers.
Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, Colorado.
(U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC , Mar 2009)
Explains how this high-performance school was constructed at no extra design or construction cost, the strategies and products used, and the energy savings realized in the completed project. 4p.
Partnerships for a Sustainable Future: Schools and Community, The Rosa Parks School. [Video]
(American Architectural Foundation, Washington, DC, Mar 2009)
This video profiles the Rosa Parks School, which opened in 2007 to students in one of the most impoverished areas of Portland, Oregon. Facing a burgeoning population and a tightened budget, Portland Public Schools (PPS) and the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP) joined forces with The Boys & Girls Club of Portland and the City of Portland’s University Park Community Center to create a two-acre educational campus. PPS developed a gold-standard Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified sustainable building. The school is a model for how multiple partners and creative design can result in a sustainable school and a sustainable community.
Buildings That Teach Sustainability.
(Innovative Design, Raleigh, N.C. , 2009)
Describes how to make schools themselves teaching tools. Includes a checklist that outlines key sustainable elements that should be considered during the design of a school that support an educational mission. Includes case studies of Roy Lee Walker Elementary in McKinney, Texas; Bluffsview Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio; and Spirit Lake Community Schools Spirit Lake, Iowa. 8p.
Druk White Lotus School,
(DesignShare, Minneapolis, MN , 2009)
Profiles the award-winning Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, India. The primary and secondary school is a model for green design, using local materials assembled by local craftsmen, and taking advantage of natural ventilation and abundant solar radiation. 3p.
Garthwaite Center for Science & Art at the Cambridge School of Weston.
(McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2009)
Presents a video profile of this private high school building that features a waste wood pellet boiler, composting toilets, and visual access to the systems that enables the building to serve as a teaching tool.
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies: Kroon Hall.
(Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2009)
This details the concept, design, and construction process for this LEED-rated academic building. It describes the buildings features, offers videos of site visits during construction, lists the project participants, and provides floor plans.
Green School Primer: Lessons in Sustainability.
Beaver, Robyn ed.
(Images Publishing Group, Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia , 2009)
Discusses "green" school planning and design principles and strategies, the benefits of green schools, facts about the costs associated with green school, current green school rating programs, and green modernization of existing schools. Eight California case studies are included, along with numerous plans, sections, and photographs. 144p.TO ORDER: http://www.imagespublishing.com/
BIM and Sustainable Design: Understanding your Design Decisions. A Case Study of American Canyon High School.
(Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Santa Rosa, CA , 2009)
Discusses how the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) helped the design firm achieve sustainable features such as placement and daylighting when creating this school. 5p.
References to Journal Articles
Stronger, Better, Greener. Kiowa County Schools: Greensburg, KS
Cassias, Charles S.
High Performance Buildings; , p18-29 ; Summer 2012
After a two-mile wide tornado plowed through Greensburg, Kan., in 2007, the town and school district committed to rebuilding a model green community, focusing on passive building systems and integrated design. The school also functions as a badly needed social hub for this reemerging town. Renewable electricity is provided by an on-site wind generator and off-site city wind farm. The building incorporates reclaimed cypress from another natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. The school uses only 29.2 kBtu/ft2 per year, less than half the energy used by a school built to code.
Teaching for the Future. High Tech High: Chula Vista, CA
Gerber, Christopher and Naslund, ERic
HIgh Performance Buildings; , p6-16 ; Summer 2012
High Tech High Chula Vista is organized into neighborhoods to promote team teaching as well as provide a sense of ownership and place. Novel approaches such as this help the charter school get results. One-hundred percent of the culturally diverse school’s graduates have been admitted to college. Students and faculty contribute to the school’s ongoing sustainability and sense of community by participating in carpooling, on-site recycling, composting and vermiculture. Extensive daylighting and a hybrid ventilation system contribute to an annual energy use index of 23.8 kBtu/ft2 and an ENERGY STAR rating of 94. Factory-made modular components reduced construction time, costs and waste.
Colorado School Achieves Top LEED Honor
School Construction News; , p14-16 ; Jun 27, 2012
Describes Boulder, Colorado's Casey Middle School, one of Colorado’s most sustainable new schools, and the first middle school in the state and the second in the nation to achieve LEED Platinum status.
Ravenswood School for Girls / BVN
Arch Daily; Apr 2012
Description and photos of the Mabel Fidler Building at Ravenswood School for Girls in Alabama. The building aims to bring together both passive and active design solutions to sustainability and allow the initiatives to be utilised in the education program for the girls.
CEED Becomes First Public School to Use Passivhaus Technology in the U.S.
School Construction News; Apr 2012
The Center of Energy Efficient Design in Rocky Mount, Va., is the first public school to use the energy-efficient Passivhaus technology, which has enabled it to use 68 percent less energy than conventional schools. CEED was designed as a demonstration school to show students and future developers Passivhaus’ impact on design when it comes to sustainability and cost-saving results.
Lady Bird Johnson Middle School / Corgan Associates
Arch Daily ; Apr 10, 2012
Description and photos of first net-zero designed school in the state of Texas. The 152,250-square-foot campus is aiming to be the largest net zero educational facility in the country once it is completed.
Designing to Fit the Needs of ED Students
School Construction News; Apr 10, 2012
Description of the challenges in designing Columbus, Ohio's first public middle/high school for emotionally disturbed students. Building includes sensory rooms, sensory gardens, a P.E. room where students can go to burn off some steam if they need to and extended-learning areas where students and teachers can have one-on-one instruction. Green building features will help the school save energy and reduce costs, while providing a cleaner and more technological environment for the students.
NZEB in Progress.
Barrett, Laura and Jefferson, Pete
High Performing Buildings; , p6-20 ; Spring 2012
Case study of the Evie Garrett Dennis Campus in Denver, a multi-school K-12 campus that takes first steps toward achieving net zero energy.
Green Building Initiatives: A Platform for Student Education
School Planning and Management; , p64-67 ; Apr 2012
Describes building initiatives and solutions that make the Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Virginia healthier and save money on energy costs. Students also have the opportunity to take the schools' green initiatives and use these practices to learn about the technology behind them.
Going Solar With Confidence
School Planning and Management; , p27-32 ; Apr 2012
Provides two examples that demonstrate the success of solar energy, one at an individual high school, and the other is within a district.
Sustainability in Action
School Planning and Management; , p50-56 ; Apr 2012
Case study of the water selection, siting, and energy costs factored into the design of Samuel V. Champion High School in the Boern ISD in Texas.
Branson School Student Commons \ Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
MOOD; Mar 28, 2012
Description and photos of a new student commons at an independent high school in Marin, California. It gives students a much-needed gathering space with an unusual degree of connection to the outdoors. Sited in a narrow glen between upper and lower campuses, the structure includes a dining hall, a kitchen, offices, a lounge, and support spaces. Three large overhead doors open onto a generous plaza for dining, meeting, and outdoor learning. Extensive glazing provides views of the hills and floods the space with natural light. The building is LEED Platinum certified; sustainable strategies include a living roof, radiant heating, natural ventilation, photovoltaic panels, and pervious paving.
Techne: The Eco-School
Arch Daily ; Mar 07, 2012
Describes a school in California where the entire campus is designed to achieve the goal of the Living Building Challenge, using multiple strategies that try to re-use, preserve, and even incorporate sustainable approaches into the curriculum.
Solhuset Climate-Friendly Nursery
Greensource; Mar 2012
A net-positive energy child-care center in Hoarsholm, Denmark sets a new standard for high-performance and healthy indoor air quality. The inspiration behind the nursery's layout is that of a small village, placing the most common areas, such as dance and music, on the main square, with all group rooms gathered around the perimeter.
Monarch School Design Helps Students Grow
School Construction News; Feb 16, 2012
The Monarch School in Houston aims to provide a safe, nurturing atmosphere and development program for 100 children and young adults with neurological differences. This describes a new facility on the campus that was designed with careful attention to absolute light, sound and color control and that earned LEED Gold certification.
Green of Course
Environmental Design + Construction; Feb 03, 2012
Lake Mills Middle School in rural Wisconsin follows a path of sustainability with an expansion and renovation for student advancement and fiscal responsibility. Students can look forward to better scores and fewer sick days thanks to the school’s new green attributes that earned it a Platinum LEED certification.
Kent Denver School Dining Hall
GreenSource; Feb 2012
In Englewood, Colorado, Semple Brown Design achieves the first LEED Platinum certified dining hall in the United States. Describes dining hall for a college preparatory day school for grades 6-12 that features a cafeteria, event space, kitchen, private offices, conference rooms, a loading dock, an orchard, and a student garden.
Sustaining Green School Momentum
American School and University; Feb 2012
Although economic recovery is slow in coming, education institutions continue to lead the way in green facility design and construction. Discusses CHPS, LEED, Center for Green Schools, state mandates and incentives, and progress in Ohio. Includes case studies of the Russell T. Joy Building at the University of Washington Tacoma that has earned a LEED platinum certification for the sustainable practices incorporated into the building renovation; and Gloria Marshall Elementary School in the Spring (Texas) district that received a gold LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Learning Spring School / Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Arch Daily; Jan 08, 2012
Case study of the LearningSpring School, a 108-student K through 8th grade private day school for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The eight-story LEED Gold building contains a full range of academic, athletic, and special needs spaces arranged internally as a vertical campus, designed to support the special social, physical, and educational needs of its students. Includes photos and floorplans.
Building Types Study: K-12 Schools
Architectural Record; Jan 2012
In-depth analyses of fifteen K-12 school buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, descriptions and design solutions. Includes Evelyn Grace Academy, Zaha Hadid Architects London, United Kingdom; Gloria Marshall Elementary School, SHW Group, Spring, Texas; Leutschenbach School, Christian Kerez, Zurich, German; Machias Elementary School NAC Architecture, Snohomish, Washington; Marysville Getchell High School Campus, DLR Group,Marysville, Washington; Nathan Hale High School, Mahlum, Seattle, Washington; Pritzker Science Center, William Rawn Associates, Architects, Milton, Massachusetts; Samuel Brighouse Elementary School, Perkins+Will, British Columbia, Richmond, Canada; South Shore International College Prep High School, John Ronan Architects, Chicago, Illinois; Stoddert Elementary School & Community Center, EE&K a Perkins Eastman company, Washington D.C.; Summit Elementary School, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, Casper, Wyoming; W. F. Kaynor Technical High School, The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Waterbury, Connecticut; Cedar Ridge High School, Perkins+Will, Round Rock, Texas; Charles W. Morey Elementary School, Flansburgh Architects, Lowell, Massachusetts; Gary Comer College Prep, John Ronan Architects, Chicago, Illinois.
Sustainable Urban Science Center
High Performing Buildings; , p30-40 ; Winter 2012
Case study of the Sustainable Urban Science Center, a classroom/lab building that is part of a Quaker school in Philadelphia, that is designed with the goal of capturing students’ interest with visible reminders of the building’s sustainable strategies. The building and grounds include photovoltaic panels, prominent cisterns collect rainwater for toilet flushing, and markings on the pavement indicate the ground source heat pump geoexchange field below.
Pre School. At the Watkinson School, a pre-engineered building blends environmental science with ethics.
Green Source; Jan 2012
Description of the pre-engineered buildings produced by Project Frog for the Watkinson School in Hartford, Connecticut, a venue for secondary level lectures, seminars, and laboratory work dedicated to interdisciplinary science and global studies. The 3,500-square-foot facility is net zero energy.
Designing and Constructing an Exemplar Zero Carbon Primary School in the City of Exeter, United Kingdom
CELE Exchange; , 6p ; Jan 2012
Montgomery Primary School is the UK’s first zero carbon in use and climate-change-ready exemplar school built to the Passivhaus standard. Its design and solar generating electrical power plant enable its electricity bill to be zero each year.
First Geothermal Energy System in Checotah School District
School Construction News; Dec 28, 2011
Describes Checotah Public Schools' $15.4 million high school construction project that will be powered by geothermal energy, a renewable resource. While the Oklahoma school will save money over time, adding the geothermal system cost $1 million more.
Bertschi School Living Science Building / KMD Architects
Arch Daily; Dec 01, 2011
Describes an elementary school in Seattle, Washington that meets the Living Building Challenge 2.0. Features include net zero energy, net zero water, composting toilet, daylighting, radiant floor, natural ventilation, highly insulating (R-50 Walls, R-40 roof), interior green wall to treat grey water, energy recovery ventilator, interior and exterior water runnel to show water cycle flow, rain garden, moss mat green roof, on site agriculture and ethnobotanical garden.
Orchard School Library Addition
Architizer; Dec 01, 2011
Describes a library addition to the Orchard School in San Jose, California that connects the elementary and middle school areas. The library's sustainable design includes a high-performance exterior building envelope, interior day lighting, natural ventilation, photovoltaic panels, upgraded mechanical systems, green-certified interior furnishings and finishes, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and careful siting and orientation to reduce solar heat gain.
Atascocita Springs Elementary School
Nigaglioni,Irene; Yocham, Deborah
Educational Facility Planner; v45 n4 , p41-45 ; Dec 2011
Case study of Atascocita Springs Elementary School in Humble, Texas that achieves CHPS verified and LEED certified criteria. The building is a learning tool, inside and out, and addresses the strengthened educational requirements for the math and sciences curriculum.
Place-based Learning: Interactive Learning and Net-Zero Design
Holser, Alec and Becker, Michael
Educational Facility Planner; v45 n4 , p52-54 ; Dec 2011
Case study of the Music and Science Building for Oregon’s Hood River Middle School where Food and conservation science curriculum, net-zero design and student-based building performance monitoring have come together. It offers a tangible demonstration of how decentralized energy and water systems, aquaculture, biological energy systems, year-round food production and performance monitoring can be incorporated in K-12 design and woven into school curriculum.
Improving Performance. Energy Modeling for Facilities Reaps Significant Savings
School Planning and Management; , p33-35 ; Dec 2011
Examines how school districts can reap benefits if they include energy modeling in their efforts for new and renovated buildings. As energy costs continue to rise, the ability to predict and correct building energy performance can lead to more efficient operations and significant cost savings. Provides case studies of Carrie Busey Elementary School in Illinois and Roosevelt Middle School.
A Brave New Campus--Marysville Getchell High School Campus 2011 MacConnell Award Winner.
Yurko, Amy and Mason, Craig
Educational Facility Planner; v45 n4 , p5-8 ; Dec 2011
Extensive case study of award winning high school outside Seattle, Washington that redefines high school education. Discusses communities of learners, taking chances, starting with the learner, being brave, scenario planning, environments for teaching and learning, and a shell-and-core approach.
Sweetwater Union High School District Leading the Way in Green School Building
Green Building News; Nov 29, 2011
Describes how Sweetwater Union High School District in San Diego County is leading the way in building sustainable educational institutions, creating state-of-the-art environments for students to excel.
Long-Term Education Planning
Horkey, Don; Laue, Julianne
American School and University; Nov 2011
Sustainable master planning can produce long-range benefits for education institutions. Discusses tools and strategies such as benchmarking, energy audit, commissioning, and post-commisioning. Includes case studies of Red Wing High Public School District and College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota.
Greenbrier Middle School a Model of Good Design.
Design Cost Data; , p24 ; Sep-Oct 2011
Case study of Greenbrier Middle School in Greenbriar, Arkansas. School couples sustainable practices with the cost savings from low-maintenance materials. Natural light, rooms equipped with state-of-the-art motion sensors, environmentally friendly and low maintenance stained concrete, and other materials were used. The design is by Jackson Brown King Palculict Architects of Little Rock.
Barcelona Elementary School / Baker Architecture + Design.
International Business Times; Aug 22, 2011
Describes the new classroom building for the Albuquerque public school system, designed as an exciting and functional facility, which promotes creativity and is conducive to teaching and learning. This project is the first in New Mexico to obtain USGBC LEED For Schools, Gold Certification. LEED Gold was achieved through the following: a dedicated recycling room, high recycled content of construction materials, superior thermal insulation, wall insulation made of recycled blue jeans; energy efficient heating and lighting fixtures; fresh air supply and air exchanges; low water use plumbing fixtures; passive solar lighting in all rooms plus multiple lighting levels to work in harmony with natural day-lighting.
Total-Precast System Creates LEED-Certified School
Shutt, Craig A.
Ascent Magazine; , p44-48 ; Jul 2011
Precast concrete insulated sandwich wall panels and double tees create new facility adjacent to existing one, boosting energy efficiency, lowering maintenance costs, and improving air quality. Case study of Riverdale High School in Greer, South Carolina.
New Mexico School District Puts Building Requirements On A LEED Silver Platter
The Albuquerque school district now requires that each new school achieve a minimum certification of LEED Silver. The executive director of school capital describes why.
Opening Windows to Cutting-Edge Education Design.
Environmental Design + Construction; May 26, 2011
Features the Center for Energy Efficient Design (CEED), a Franklin County public middle school located in Rocky Mount, Virginia and designed and built by Structures Design/Build. Unlike any other school in the nation, the school is designed and built according to Passive House (or Passivhaus) standards, the world’s highest standards in energy efficient construction. The CEED serves as a hands-on education facility to teach students and the community about green building technologies.
Environmental Design + Construction; May 26, 2011
In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Skyline High School’s focus on conservation and sustainability guides project to LEED silver certification – while providing an ecological education for students.
Hawaii Preparatory Energy Lab.
Design Cost Data; v55 n3 , p30,31 ; May 2011
Profiles this net-zero energy use high school science lab. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Stellar Student: Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy.
GreenSource; v6 n3 , p58-63 ; May-Jun 2011
Takes advantage of near-perfect conditions to create a net-zero, fully climate-responsive building. The article describes successful planning and implementation of a wide array of opportunities.
School Construction News; v17 n4 , p19,20 ; May-Jun 2011
Profiles the a new classroom and library facility at Marin Country Day School. Construction of the LEED Platinum building emphasized building within the existing campus footprint, restoration of a creek, and efforts a creating a net zero energy use environment.
COTE Announces Top Ten Green Projects.
Green Source; Apr 2011
The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA-COTE) announced its Top Ten Green Projects for 2011. The awards include the Greensburg Schools, Greensburg, Kansas, which were rebuilt using sustainable principles after a tornado destroyed the town, and High Tech High, Chula Vista, California. Students at this high school learn by doing—both indoors and out. The design of the school supports its educational philosophy and methodology by allowing easy access between interior and exterior and integrating built and natural environments. The site features bioswales and rainwater catchment and reuse along with natural ventilation, ample daylight, and a photovoltaic array.
Green Design and Construction.
School Planning and Management; v50 n4 , p42-44,46 ; Apr 2011
Profiles River Crest Elementary School in Wisconsin's Hudson School District. The LEED-Gold certified school was built at a square foot cost about 25 percent less than similar schools in the region, but with extensive "green" features that will yield improved lighting and indoor air quality, energy and water savings, and a facility that elicits environmental consciousness from its users.
Strategies in Sustainability.
School Planning and Management; v50 n4 , p64,66,68,69 ; Apr 2011
Provides examples of energy-saving strategies from a variety of school districts, including school occupant behavior modification, energy performance contracts, wireless monitoring of consumption, and photovoltaic systems.
Getting Schooled on Sustainability
Northern Virginia Magazine; Mar 2011
Students at Northern Virginia’s green schools are working on their most important assignment ever: saving the planet. Describes the Manassas Park Elementary school, Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, John M. Langston High School in Arlington, and the state-of-the-art T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria City.
Rogers IB Environmental Magnet School.
Architectural Record; v199 n1 ; Jan 2011
Profiles this Connecticut environmental magnet school that transformed a former brownfield into a LEED Silver facility.
High School Renovation Project Takes Green Approach.
School Construction News; v17 n1 , p21 ; Jan-Feb 2011
Describes a variety of sustainability features of additions to San Diego's Chula Vista High School. The LEED Gold facility uses 30 percent less energy and 40 percent less water than a traditional facility, and is an example of the type of improvements anticipated in schools across the district.
Wyoming School Draws from Museum Design and Local Landscape.
School Construction News; v17 n1 , p11,12 ; Jan-Feb 2011
Profiles this Casper elementary school that features a rooftop solar installation, a geothermal system, flexible classrooms organized around "houses" for each grade, and a central area that serves as cafeteria, theatre, gymnasium, and community gathering space.
Rebuilding It Better: Greensburg, Kansas.
Educational Facility Planner; v45 n3 , p50-52 ; 2011
Profiles the rebuilding of this city after near total destruction by a tornado. While the entire town was re-planned around sustainable principles, the new LEED Platinum K-12 school is the flagship facility for the community. The school's lighting strategies, building envelope, HVAC, windpower, materials, and water efficiency are described.
L.B. Landry High School.
Architectural Record; v199 n1 , p140-143 ; Jan 2011
Profiles this new school that replaces one destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. The LEED-silver facility features extensive daylighting, views toward downtown New Orleans, and accommodations for a variety of community services.
Thurston Elementary School.
Architectural Record; v199 n1 , p144-147 ; Jan 2011
Profiles this Oregon elementary school featuring ample daylighting, rainwater retention, and corridor hand-washing stations surrounded by tiles decorated by the students.
Design Innovations for Every Need.
Learning By Design; n19 , p8-10 ; Fall 2010
Profiles one elementary school, two high schools, and a higher education institution for excellence in design innovation and best practices. The facilities were singled out for Learning by Design's Citation of Excellence Awards for their variety of sustainable designs and practices.
Uniquely Exceptional Design.
Learning By Design; n19 , p4-7 ; Fall 2010
Profiles the three Grand Prize Award winners in the Fall, 2010 Learning by Design competition. The elementary school, private preparatory school, and higher education projects shared a commitment to advancing both green design and learning environment creation through innovations that seamlessly and authentically integrate the two. As a result, the overall impact of each winning project exceeds the sum of its parts in distinctive and thought-provoking ways.
Manassas Park Elementary School and Prekindergarten.
Knox, Wyck; Davis, Steve
High Performing Buildings; , p36-45 ; Fall 2010
Profiles this exemplary LEED Gold school, providing detail on the construction cost, bioclimatic design, daylighting, energy-efficient envelope, ground-source HVAC system, rainwater collection, and indoor environmental quality, and use of the building as a teaching tool. Extensive photographs, plans, and charts accompany the text.
Impact on Learning Awards.
School Planning and Management; v49 n8 , p32-40 ; Aug 2010
Profiles seven schools selected for recognition in this competition. The entries were honored for their solution to of design challenges, emphasis on functionality, flexibility, innovation, and enhancement of student learning.
American School and University; v82 n13 , p14,16-19 ; Aug 2010
Profiles the two main winners in the 2010 American School and University Magazine Education Interiors competition. The Omaha Public Schools Saddlebrook Joint-Use Library and the New York University Stern School of Business Concourse were chosen for high performance, value, safety and security, innovation, atmosphere, functionality, quality, and contextual relationship. Photographs and project statistics accompany a brief description of each project.
Windsor High School.
CASH Register; v31 n8 , p10,14 ; Aug 2010
Profiles this California school that meets stringent sustainability guidelines and features raised floors in classrooms to accommodate extensive audiovisual and computer installations.
Get Your Green On!
Frederickson, Matthew J.
Learning & Leading with Technology; v38 n1 ; Aug 2010
In the span of five years, the staff and students at Council Rock School District in Pennsylvania won three Energy Star Awards, saved more than $7 million, and completely changed the culture of the district. This article describes how they did it.
Money's Tight, So How About a Living Building?
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce; Jul 22, 2010
Describes the design process for Valley View Middle School in Snohomish, Washington. Efforts to create the most "green" building possible are described, as are the water management system and energy saving and generating schemes.
School Pilot Project Could Affect County Stormwater Rules.
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce; Jul 22, 2010
Describes the stomwater retention scheme at the Finn Hill Junior High School in Kirkland, Washington. Concerns from the county were addressed in this pilot project, which will likely lead to a revision of county codes for rainwater management that allows regular use of the plan.
Del Norte High School.
CASH Register; v31 n7 , p12,13 ; Jul 2010
Profiles this San Diego school, featuring exemplary athletic and performing arts accommodations, as well as abundant daylighting, collaborative spaces, flexible teaching areas, and superior energy performance.
Gray Middle School.
Architype Review; v4 n3 ; Jul 2010
Profiles this Tacoma, Washington, school. The school is anchored to neighborhood activity and organized around educational, civic, and environmental responsibilities. Daylighting, non-toxic interior finishes, rain gardens, and low-maintenance landscaping are also described. A list of project participants, photographs, and plans are included.
Case Study: Manassas Park Elementary + Pre-K. Manassas Park, Virginia
GreenSource; Jul 2010
VMDO Architects uses sustainable buildings systems and natural cycles to demonstrate eco-conscious living to the next generation. With outdoor learning spaces, views of the forests, and building systems as “learning tools,” the school teaches environmental stewardship at every opportunity. Each wing of the building has a seasonal theme, and the classrooms are designated with a native species or plant rather than a number. A touch-screen dashboard in the lobby is at child-height so passing students can pause for a moment to click around.
11th Annual Showcase of Outstanding Design and Architecture in Education.
School Planning and Management; v49 n6 , pE1-E36 ; Jun 2010
Recognizes 32 outstanding new and renovated K-12 and higher education facilities. Each entry contains photographs, a text description, and summarized project data. Architect and manufacturer indices complete the supplement.
Campbell Montessori School.
Design Cost Data; v54 n3 , p26,27 ; May-Jun 2010
Profiles this Missouri private elementary school that features exposed natural materials and daylighting. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Chabot Elementary School.
CASH Register; v31 n5 , p10,11 ; May 2010
Profiles this Oakland, California, elementary school addition that echoes the beloved Tudor architecture of the existing buildings and achieved CHPS verification. The school's abundant sustainable features are also described.
Strawberry Crest High School.
Design Cost Data; v54 n3 , p10-13 ; May-Jun 2010
Profiles this Florida High School. Sections of the building are arranged in two rows, emulating the agricultural surroundings. The rows of buildings are separated by a space that serves as the main concourse of the facility. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
A Sustainable and Holistic Approach to Design and Construction.
School Business Affairs; v76 n4 , p8-10 ; May 2010
Uses the North Carolina's Northern Guilford Middle School as an example of a high performance school that uses 43% less energy than a school of comparable size. Daylighting, solar hot water, post-occupancy evaluation, and rainwater collection are described.
Build a School, Inspire a Community.
Bowen-Eggebraaten, Mary; Hoffman, Paul
School Business Affairs; v76 n4 , p24-26 ; May 2010
Profiles River Crest Elementary School in Hudson, Wisconsin. This "green" school was built at 29% below the average cost for schools in that region, and has formed partnerships with the YMCA camp across the street. The facility serves as a catalyst for sustainable change and has been an educational tool for ecofriendly behavior in the community.
Brea Olinda High School Grows Up: A Vertical Expansion Turns CHPS.
CASH Register; v31 n4 , p8,9 ; Apr 2010
Profiles this California high school addition that provided the latest technology and preserved ocean views.
Going for Gold.
School Planning and Management; v49 n4 , p52,54,56 ; Apr 2010
Profiles the Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California, as an example of a school aiming for LEED Gold certification. The building and classroom design, mechanical and electrical systems, landscaping, athletic fields, and site drainage are described. Daylighting and natural ventilation are emphasized, along with outdoor instruction areas.
Green School Design.
School Planning and Management; v49 n4 , p64,66,68 ; Apr 2010
Uses the Michael J. Homer Science and Live Center at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, Califonia, as an example of early and high attainment in the LEED certification scheme. The LEED Platinum-rated facility consumes 69 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than a typical school building of similar size. Intensive "green" strategies are described, including energy recovery from appliances, photovoltaics, and evaporative cooling.
Sustainable Design and Construction.
School Planning and Management; v49 n4 , p44,46,48,50 ; Apr 2010
Uses River Crest Elementary School in Hudson, Wisconsin, as an example of a "green" school that was created with considerable public input, teamwork with vendors, and a strategic partnership with the YMCA camp across the street.
Alaska's Shining Star.
Environmental Design and Construction; v13 n3 , p16-20 ; Mar 2010
Profiles the Leed silver-certified Fred and Sarah Machetanz elementary school in Wasilla, Alaska. Southern exposures, high performance glazing, and extensive insulation respond the extreme climate.
Gray Middle School.
GreenSource; v5 n2 , p64-69 ; Mar-Apr 2010
Profiles this Tacoma, Washington, school. A neutral palette, daylighting, non-toxic interior finishes, rain gardens, and low-maintenance landscaping are described. Building statistics, photographs, plans, and a list of project participants accompany the text.
Murrieta Mesa High School.
CASH Register; v31 n1 , p10,11 ; Jan 2010
Profiles this new California high school that exceeds the state energy requirements by 29.4%.
Outside the Box.
Texas Architect; v60 n1 , p44-47 ; Jan-Feb 2010
Profiles a new science wing at a Dallas private school, describing the design, LEED features, and funding. Photographs, plans, and a list of project participants are included.
Homer Science & Student Life Center.
Green Source; Jan 2010
Describes a parochial school's spiritual motivations for implementing environmentally friendly components to new construction and renovations.
Lean, Mean and Green: An Affordable Net Zero School.
Educational Facility Planner; v44 n2,3 ; 2010
Discusses the design of Richardsville Elementary in Kentucky, to be an affordable net zero facility. By reducing energy use to 19.31 kBtus annually, the net zero goal could be realized through the implementation of a solar array capable of producing enough energy to meet the school's operating demands. Coupled with the goal of a LEED certified facility, the building's components were identified and implemented to affordably attain a facility that demonstrates a sustainable site, net zero energy, water efficiency, materials and resources conservation, and an indoor/outdoor environment that promotes a healthy, progressive learning atmosphere while reducing life cycle maintenance costs and zeroing out electricity costs.
The Architect's Newspaper; v7 n19 , p18 ; Nov 18, 2009
Profiles the Germantown Friends School's new science center, a highly sustainable building employing photovoltaics, fresh air ventilation, geothermal heating and cooling, a vegetative roof, sustainable building materials throughout, and exposed building systems.
Monkseaton High School.
News Guardian; Nov 09, 2009
Profiles this new British high school that combines cost-effectiveness with student-led design and extremely high levels of innovation. Its distinctive oval and aerodynamic shape means it needs less energy to heat or cool and its orientation was specifically planned to maximize daylight but minimize over-heating. The multi-layered, open-plan interior of the building has also been constructed to maximize natural daylight. Its domed roof places an emphasis on allowing natural light into the building, and very few ceilings have been installed between its three floors. The design avoids the use of square classrooms, and incorporates triangular teaching spaces to create a 360 degree teaching environment which enables the teacher to be the focus of the students, wherever they are in the room. Sustainability features include thermal solar panels for hot water and a natural air ventilation system which uses 'wind catchers' incorporated into the school's roof.
Bethke Elementary School.
Design Cost Data; v53 n6 , p24-26 ; Nov-Dec 2009
Profiles this LEED Gold prototype school feature daylighting, upgraded exterior insulation, and displacement ventilation. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Green Field Notes.
American School and University; v82 n3 , p250-252,254-276 ; Nov 2009
Presents brief descriptions of "green" building features at 46 educational facilities. Background information of the feature and community response are also included.
American School and University; v82 n3 , p14-22 ; Nov 2009
Profiles the five main winners in this competition, chosen for their adherence to the stated goal of the facility, their ability to enhance learning, functionality, and sustainability. Project information and photographs are included. (The URL for this citation links to the searchable database of American School and University Magazine s school design awards.)
The Drive to Zero: Georg V. LeyVa Middle School on Target to Become First "Net-Zero Energy" Public School Facility in California.
CASH Register; v30 n11 , p10,11 ; Nov 2009
Profiles this San Jose school that is striving to maximize energy savings through photovoltaics, daylighting, high-efficiency lighting and HVAC systems, a cool roof, and extra insulation.
The Very Best of the 2009 Green Education Design Showcase.
School Planning and Management; v48 n11 , p25-36 ; Nov 2009
Profiles six educational facilities that feature innovative "green" building design features. The buildings were judged according to their use of the building as a teaching tool, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and site selection.
Teaching Green: Two Texas Projects Shape Future of Sustainable School Building.
Texas Construction; Nov 2009
Discusses the advantages of daylighting to student achievement and lower energy costs, citing two "green" Texas schools that cost no more to build but are benefitting from reduced energy consumption.
Fentress, Curtis; Gidez, Greg; Bauman, Free; Popowski, Matt; Dickerhoff, Darryl; Webster, Tom
High Performing Buildings; , p28-40,42-44,46-48,50 ; Fall 2009
This California Department of Education headquarters features LEED Gold certification an 110 sustainability strategies. These include underfloor air distribution, photovoltaics, daylighting, occupancy sensors, and low-VOC interior products.
Plano Elementary School: Small Steps, Big Savings.
High Performing Buildings; , p28-30,32-34,36,37 ; Fall 2009
Profiles this Kentucky school that is the latest success of the Warren County Public Schools. The district's energy saving steps began with encouraging conservation within existing buildings, and had grown to include five Energy Star facilities, and this school which features innovative geothermal HVAC and hot water systems, which are described.
Nintendo Generation Gives it a Green Thumbs Up.
CASH Register; v30 n9 , p8,9 ; Sep 2009
Profiles Vacaville, California's Fairmont Elementary School. The highly energy-efficient school exceeds government standards by 30 percent, featuring natural lighting, displacement ventilation, photovoltaic panels, and a wind turbine.
Riverbend Elementary School.
Design Cost Data; v53 n5 , p20,22 ; Sep 2009
Profiles this large K-8 school that is organized into small grade-level clusters around a central courtyard. The buildings reflect the local agricultural vernacular style and the roofs support a photovoltaic system that reduces the utility cost by over 30 percent. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Web Exclusive: Laboratory Goes Through-the-Roof Green.
Profiles a new facility at Maine's Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, focusing on the design and insulation of more than eight inches of polyisocyanurate insulation in the roofing system that delivers extremely high R-values.
Medina School Celebrates Cycles of Nature, Learning.
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce; Aug 2009
Profiles the St. Thomas School in Medina, Washington. The LEED Gold private K-6 school features areas where boundaries between learning and play do not exist at the early grades. The school is daylit, naturally ventilated, has stormwater collection features, porous pavement, and visual aids that express the cycles of nature through the seasonal stages of the oak tree.
2009 Impact on Learning Awards.
School Planning and Management; v48 n8 ; Aug 2009
Profiles eight schools cited in this annual awards program. The schools were selected according to their reflection of the challenge presented, functionality, flexibility and convertability, innovation, and enhancement of learning.
Douglas County Elementary School No. 42.
Design Cost Data; v53 n4 , p32,35 ; Jul-Aug 2009
Profiles this Colorado school, designed as an energy-efficient and flexible prototype that could be adapted to other sites in the county. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Ethical Culture Fieldston Middle School.
Architectural Record; Jul 2009
Profiles this new New York private middle school. Features such as the third floor roof garden and rainwater-collecting cistern that collects water for local irrigation contributed to the schools' LEED Silver certification. Project information, plans, and photographs are included.
Windrush School Classroom Addition.
Architectural Record; Jul 2009
Profiles this new California private school facility. Naturally ventilated and cooled classrooms take advantage of the waterfront location. Radiant floor heating, photovoltaic panels, highly insulated concrete forms, interior insulation composed of recycled blue jeans, cradle-to-cradle window roller shades, and low-VOC interiors were incorporated as part of the schools efforts to obtain LEED platinum certification. Project information, plans, and photographs are included.
Athletic Business; v33 n7 , p31-37 ; Jul 2009
Discusses sustainable design of athletic facilities, citing projects that are using passive cooling, solar hot water, high-efficiency HVAC systems, and rainwater capture. The particular problems of athletic facilities with their large spaces and roof spans are addressed.
American Canyon High School.
CASH Register; v30 n6 , p10,12 ; Jun 2009
Profiles this new California school, the first in the state to be verified by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS).
Tenth Annual Showcase of Outstanding Design and Architecture in Education.
School Planning and Management; v48 n6 , pE1-E56 ; Jun 2009
Recognizes 44 outstanding new and renovated K-12 and higher education facilities. Each entry contains photographs, a text description, and summarized project data. Architect and manufacturer indices complete the supplement.
BIM School, Green School.
Building Design and Construction; v50 n6 , p40-44,46,48,50,51 ; Jun 2009
Profiles the design and construction of California's American Canyon High School. The 260,000 square foot campus houses four smaller learning communities of 500-550 students, is CHPS verified, and includes sophisticated photovoltaic and geothermal systems. Building information modeling (BIM) impacted the design in a variety of ways, especially in enabling near 100% daylighting of classrooms.
Francis Parker School.
Architect; v98 n5 , p69-75 ; May 2009
Profiles this new San Diego middle and upper school campus, with classroom connected by outdoor arcades, and windows that capture natural ventilation. Includes plans, photographs, and a list of project participants.
Built to Last.
American School and University; v81 n10 , p14-19 ; May 2009
Reviews several "green" school buildings, built several years ago, that have proven their worth buy paying back the initial extra investment in sustainable products and techniques.
C-TEC: Ohio's First All-Green School.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers; v84 n3 , p30-33 ; Apr 2009
In Ohio's Licking County, the Career and Technology Education Centers (C-TEC) is a leader in the green movement. This eco-friendly school incorporates environmental sustainability in all aspects of its programming and is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified public building in the state. This article describes the environmentally friendly conservation strategies behind the construction of the C-TEC.
Five to Watch. [Green School Pioneers.]
American School Board Journal; v196 n4 , p51,52 ; Apr 2009
Profiles five school systems' endeavors in creating high performance "green" schools.TO ORDER: http://www.asbj.com/
Grow up, not out, with Green Design.
School Planning and Management; v48 n4 , p22-24,26,27 ; Apr 2009
Presents lessons learned in the creation of the CHPS-certified Brea Olinda High School in Orange County, California. These include designing the school like a custom home, hiring a good design team and trusting them, and looking for efficiency in every category of the building.
Lake Superior's Remedy.
High Performing Buildings; , p6-17 ; Spring 2009
Profiles Minnesota's Two Harbors High School, a high performance school featuring native plants that require no irrigation, bicycle path connections to the town and other recreational areas, high-efficiency HVAC systems, and extensive heat recovery strategies.
The Lean, Green Schoolhouse. [Students Learn Environmental Lessons from a Green School Renovation.]
Edutopia; v5 n2 , p50,52,54 ; Mar 2009
Profiles Massachusetts' Atrium School, a K-6 private institution housed in a reclaimed warehouse and office facility. The high performance building offers daylighting, rainwater reclamation, and high recycled content.
Energy Goes to School.
Environmental Design and Construction; v12 n2 , p38,40 ; Feb 2009
Profiles the photovoltaic system at the Athenian School in Danville, California. The design and manner in which it was installed at no cost to the school are described.
Citations of Excellence Awards 2009: Creative Buildings Contribute to the Learning Experience.
Learning By Design; n18 , p6-10 ; 2009
Briefly profiles 14 school facilities and their respective design firms, cited in the 2009 Learning by Design competition as being thoughtful, compact, and regionally inspired.TO ORDER: Learning by Design; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Prize Award 2009: Stellar Spaces Support Enhanced Learning.
Learning By Design; n18 , p4,5 ; 2009
Profiles the Bioscience High School of Phoenix, grand prize winner in the 2009 Learning by Design competition. The facility offers small learning communities, individual student workspaces supported by adjacent laboratories, a three-story common area, and a variety of sustainable features.TO ORDER: Learning by Design; Email: email@example.com
Green Special Section.
Learning By Design; n18 , p30-52 ; 2009
Profiles 20 primary, middle, secondary, and higher education school facilities selected by the 2009 Learning by Design competition as demonstrating outstanding attention to sustainability. For each project, a description, list of project participants, costs, and photographs are included.TO ORDER: Learning by Design; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Honorable Mention Awards 2009: Excellence through Adaptation.
Learning By Design; n18 , p11-13 ; 2009
Briefly profiles six school facilities and their respective design firms, cited in the 2009 Learning by Design competition as being flexible and student oriented, as well as containing significant sustainability features.TO ORDER: http://www.learningbydesign.biz
The Romoland Middle School.
CASH Register; v30 n1 , p12,13 ; Jan 2009
Profiles this 1,400-student California middle school, featuring a multi-building campus layout, daylighting, and waterless and low-consumption plumbing.
EnergySmart Schools Program Helps Districts Clear Financial Roadblocks.
Educational Facility Planner; v44 n1 , p17-20 ; 2009
Discusses Guilford County Schools in North Carolina and other districts around the nation that are discovering that high-performance schools conserve energy, help the environment, improve student and teacher performance and save money. Provide guidance on financing a high performance school, outlining ways to finance new construction, retrofits, and renovation projects.
Designs on Sustainability and Learning.
Learning By Design; n18 , p170 ; 2009
Uses DuPont, Washington's Pioneer Middle School as an example of a sustainable facility that figures prominently in the curriculum. Electronic displays within the building illustrate energy consumption and energy savings, outdoor gardens host experiments in food and herb cultivation, and an extensive recycling program includes composting of cafeteria food.
Novitski, B. J.
Architectural Record; Supplement , p60-63 ; Jan 2009
Profiles Colorado's Aspen Middle School, featuring mountain views from every room, abundant daylighting, flexible room partitions, and a LEED Gold rating. Plans, photographs, building statistics, and a list of project participants are included.