Olathe Kansas School Awarded LEED Silver Status

[tweetmeme]The Olathe Kansas school district recently announce that one of their schools (Woodland Elementary) was awarded LEED Silver status.  I think this is great news for the district and the community.  My children attend Olathe Schools and I am a proud parent and taxpayer today (I can’t say that everyday).  The full release is below.

woodland elementary school

LEED-Certified School – January 2010  
Wednesday, 06 January 2010

An Olathe district school, Woodland Elementary, which opened in August 2008, is the first school in the state to achieve LEED Silver Certification. Hollis + Miller Architects’ design for Woodland has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).   The project achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification through USGBC’s rating system.   The 73,000-square-foot school serves approximately 500 students.

The Olathe School District partnered with Hollis + Miller Architects to work with an existing prototype elementary school and identify ways to design a school with sustainable concepts. Up to that point, the school design being used in the Olathe district could achieve approximately 16 to 18 points under the LEED Green Building Rating System, based on the energy efficient ideas Hollis + Miller had already implemented.   The design saved energy by using efficient multi-zone heating/cooling units. “As we looked at our building design, we thought it was equally important to look at our surrounding environment,” said John Southard, AIA, partner-in-charge.   “In this project alone, we have diverted 75 percent of the building’s construction waste from landfills through recycling strategies.   Additionally, more than 34 percent of the materials on this building site were manufactured with recycled content and more than 37 percent of the materials used were harvested or manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

” Choosing materials close to the site reduces travel-related costs and fuel consumption by suppliers, one of several key factors the USGBC uses to measure the sustainability of a building. The site design incorporates adaptable vegetation, which are low-maintenance and require minimal irrigation.   In addition, water usage for the facility is reduced by approximately 29.5 percent through the use of low-flow fixtures. “Our lighting design is another innovative plan we have put in place,” said John Brown, AIA, partner.   “We incorporated two design solutions to reduce the lighting load in the school.” The lighting design uses classroom occupancy sensors as well as controls that allow selection from two light levels.



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