Buckley Elementary School

Manchester, Connecticut

Buckley Elementary School is undergoing a 67,357 square foot renovation. It is scheduled to open in 2022 as one of Connecticut’s first Zero Energy schools, along with Mansfield Elementary School. This renovated facility will provide the Manchester School District with a 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 remains unchanged. The building’s orientation is ideally situated in a north/south arrangement, creating optimal space for a roof-mounted solar 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 energy demands.

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

This high-performance building will exceed code minimum requirements and will supply 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.