Buckley Elementary

Manchester, Connecticut

Buckley Elementary School is a 67,357 square foot renovation project scheduled to open in 2022 as one of Connecticut’s first Zero Energy schools along with Mansfield Elementary School.  This renovated facility will provide Manchester School District with a new sustainable, energy efficient, innovative learning environment, and will save substantial amounts of money in operating costs.

CMTA began the project by studying all features of the building envelope, including walls, windows and roof systems. Because Buckley Elementary is an existing building, the orientation will remain unchanged. The building’s orientation is ideally situated in a north/south arrangement, creating optimal space for a roof-mounted photovoltaic array to offset the building’s utility demand. The 360kW roof-mounted solar array will generate enough energy annually to meet all of the building’s demand.

The original Buckley Elementary School was built in 1952. Since then, it has accumulated various remedial updates which presented a challenge for the design to solve. CMTA’s strategy to make this project successful will utilize a whole building blower door pressure test to validate tightness of construction and thermal scanning/imaging, enhanced roof and wall insulation, appropriate use of glazing, demand control ventilation, geothermal heating and cooling, and photovoltaics.

This high-performance building exceeds code minimum requirements and supplies outside air directly from the dedicated outside air unit to the individual spaces to maximize effectiveness. Demand control ventilation strategies will be implemented to regulate ventilation air throughout the building based on occupancy and carbon dioxide levels.