As a result of our collaborative design process, many high-performance features were implemented at this innovative school. The school has a projected Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 19 and this will be accomplished through a high performance building envelope (including insulated concrete form ICF walls), north-south building orientation, high performance glass, geothermal HVAC with distributed pumping, demand control ventilation systems, extensive daylighting, 100% LED lighting and solar water heating.
The school has received several design awards including Building the Future by USACE, Design Honor Award by the Department of Defense, Award of Excellence by Chief of Engineers, Learning by Design Citation by AIA and a Design Citation by American School and University. The school also received LEED Silver certification.
The building opened in 2017 and we are collecting data to validate that the design decisions made in 2012 were the best value for the owner. We are very excited about this design and the results that it will achieve for the owner by being the most energy efficient school for DoDEA.