Catawba Trail Elementary School has been awarded LEED® Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Designed by LS3P for the Richland Two School District, this 111,000 SF building was adapted for its site from a prototype design. The school is organized into academic “houses” to create a smaller-scale learning environment for its 750 students, with an internal courtyard providing natural light and outdoor play areas. Sustainability strategies include stacked classrooms to minimize the building footprint and maintain green space, the use of local and regional materials, high-performance mechanical systems, and daylighting throughout the building. The school opened in the fall of 2011.
Columbia Studio Leader Allen Taylor, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, notes that “Richland School District Two is one of LS3P’s legacy clients and with our work on sustainable projects, we were thrilled when the District decided in 2008 that their future schools would be designed for a goal of LEED Silver. “
“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, Catawba Trail Elementary School is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.” The LEED certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.
LS3P has designed over 13 million square feet of LEED certified space to date. Building or renovating schools to meet LEED initiatives is not only beneficial for the environment, but also has measurable academic impacts. Research shows that natural daylighting significantly improves students test scores, reduces absentee rates, and contributes to staff retention, and increases the overall construction budget by less than 2%. Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
About LS3P: LS3P’s Columbia office celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014. A design firm with regional roots and a national reach, LS3P operates from its 6 offices in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, SC and Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington, NC, providing architecture, interior architecture, and planning services. LS3P is deeply committed to the communities in which it serves, with over 400 design awards in diverse practice areas. Founded in 1963, LS3P was named Southeast Design Firm of the Year for 2014 by Engineering News Record (ENR). For more information on LS3P, visit www.ls3p.com.
The USGBC South Carolina Chapter, AIA of South Carolina and Conservation Voters of SC are inviting communities to take action on campuses in South Carolina and around the world for the second annual Green Apple Day of Service, September 27, 2014. On this day, they are encouraging K-12 and college/university students, teachers, and administrators to plan a school sustainability project, and work with community volunteers to create positive environmental change. Together we are also inviting professional members of the green building community to serve as volunteer mentors for each project. Mentors will provide planning support and work with schools to prepare successful events. While the official date is September 27, schools may host a project any time before October 27, 2014.
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Piedmont Technical College Newberry County Center with LEED Certification. This 72,500 SF adaptive re-use project transformed an abandoned WalMart into a leading-edge higher education facility for Piedmont Technical College. With the belief that re-use is the ultimate form of recycling, the project team integrated a number of strategies for sustainability while re-energizing underutilized space and providing a catalyst for urban renewal.
In addition to renovating a massive existing structure, thereby avoiding demolishing the building and sending materials to the landfill, the design team used daylighting strategies to bring light into the building’s interior, replaced aging HVAC systems with high-efficiency equipment, and incorporated green spaces on the site to reduce the heat island effect from the vast parking lots.
The renovation creates a welcoming facility with a collegiate look and feel, serving students, educators and the wider community. The new center features a community auditorium, patient care and training centers, flexible industrial arts workshops, a veterinarian technician wing, a state of the art library, and a testing center. The design encourages collaborative learning among students and faculty.
The U.S. Green Building Council just announced that Muller Road Middle School has earned LEED for Schools Certification. Quackenbush Architects + Planners designed the 176,000 square foot school for Richland School District Two. It has also received Merit Awards from the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and from the South Carolina Chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International.
Located in the rapidly growing Blythewood area, the new middle school is designed for an initial population of 1050 students. The 17-acre site includes play fields, a planned area for a future center magnet program, and an ample amount of open green space. Preferential parking is given to carpools and low-emitting vehicles, and bicycle infrastructure is also provided.
The building is organized around a large courtyard providing outdoor learning and teaching spaces via a pavilion and landscaped areas. Three academic “houses” accommodate flexible, collaborative central spaces to provide diversity of learning options. Within each house are larger flexible classrooms that open via large folding glass doors into two story collaboration areas full of daylight from the clerestory above. Roof overhangs are carefully designed and sunshades provided to control the light entering the building.
The building design incorporates efficient mechanical and plumbing systems projected to save 18% more energy and nearly 23% more potable water than the calculated baseline. The building materials include 20% recycled content and 25% locally sourced materials, with the exterior of the building combining glass, metal panels, and local brick in a timeless but modern composition. Nearly 86% of the waste generated in the construction of the building was recycled rather than sent to a landfill.
The project is designed in collaboration with the Perkins + Will K-12 Studio, and was built by LeChase Construction Services with Cumming as Construction Manager.
Quackenbush Architects + Planners is a full-service architecture and planning firm located in Columbia, SC. The firm specializes in educational, institutional, civic, and commercial projects. Its services span from building design to land planning to interior design. The firm’s portfolio includes projects for universities, cities, colleges, government agencies, school districts, and private clients. The team’s work reflects commitment to innovation, sensitivity to our regional context, and the richness that comes from collaboration with our clients and the community.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 25, 2014) – Today, the Palmetto Green Schools initiative applauded the passage of S. 975 by the General Assembly which recognize that the last Saturday of each September is the Green Apple Day of Service in South Carolina.
Since its inception in 2011, the Green Schools Caucus has grown to include nearly 50 members and last September dozens of legislators took part in a variety of projects at schools across the state.
Senator Ray Cleary, (R-Georgetown), the chair of the caucus, said, “The resolution the General Assembly passed shows that making our schools sustainable and healthy is an issue on which both parties can agree. The Palmetto Green Schools initiative teaches our children to lead healthier lives while also focusing on the STEM courses that will prepare them for the 21st Century workplace.”
“In addition to being an excellent tool for learning, green schools save taxpayers money,” noted Adrienne Montare, Executive Director of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute for Architects, a partner in the Palmetto Green Schools initiative. “A typical green school saves enough money for the salaries of two teachers and to pay for 5,000 textbooks.”
“The resolution by the SC state legislature is a positive step forward in the Green Schools initiative,” said Dan Gerst,, Communication Chair for the South Carolina Chapter of the US Green Building Council. “By embracing natural resource and energy conservation in schools, our elected officials are sending a strong message to the state about the importance of sustainability and for that, we are thankful.”
About Palmetto Green Schools
The mission of the Palmetto Green Schools initiative is to launch and sustain the state’s first green schools program. This is not only an effort to “green” our state schools but also to create a healthier and more successful learning environment for SC students by focusing on activities such as reducing waste, reducing energy costs, and increasing awareness and energy policies and procedures across the state.
Contact: Alan Hancock
The USGBC South Carolina Chapter is now accepting education program proposals for 2014.
Click this Call for Proposals for full details on topic preference and review processes.
This timeline for USGBC SC 2014 Education Program proposals.
- 2/3/14 – Call for Proposals opens
- The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 7, 2014 at midnight
- 3/10/14 Review and Selection Phase starts
- 3/24/14 – Accepted session notifications sent
- 3/31/14 – Presenter acceptance deadline/Chapter staff and volunteers reach out to schedule selected programs
Please complete the 2014 Education Proposal Submission Form and submit to Eleni Glekas, Education Chair email@example.com by midnight March 7, 2014.
LEED Silver Certified “Green” Preschool Keeps Young Bodies and Minds Strong
ROCK HILL, SC (December 9, 2013) – The Goddard School®, the leader in early childhood education for children from six weeks to six years old, located in Rock Hill, SC has received a silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The certification makes The Goddard School located in Rock Hill the first and only standalone for-profit preschool in the country to have LEED Silver designation.
LEED certification, a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings, recognizes high-performance schools that are healthy and comfortable for students and teachers. LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building. By addressing the uniqueness of school spaces and children’s health issues, LEED provides a comprehensive tool for schools that wish to build green with measurable results.
“We set out from the start to design, build and operate a state-of-the-art building that would serve as a teaching model and platform for the development of 21st Century Skills. Part of this involves learning how to become global citizens, recognizing and advocating the benefits of environmental efficiency and sustainability in building design. We believe we have done this by creating a learning environment that is second to none. The benefits of LEED adoption to our children, our local community, and our planet are immense,” remarks Amy Strickland, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC. “Having The Goddard School located in Rock Hill achieve USGBC’s LEED Silver Certification is quite an honor and accomplishment.”
The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC was evaluated according to criteria including water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and more. The Goddard School places utmost importance on creating a healthy school environment for children, which is one of the keys to keeping young minds and bodies strong. Enhanced Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has been proven by the EPA to reduce asthma attacks, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments and can increase the performance and productivity for children and faculty in a school. LEED certified buildings are a perfect fit for childcare, as children’s needs and environmental issues overlap.
The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC stands out as a primary example of an educational leader that promotes environmental stewardship, keeping teachers and children healthier, while committing to being globally responsible. The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC offers innovations in LED lighting, power generation via solar panels, locally sourced landscaping, and construction materials that are free of Volatile Organic Compounds. The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC was designed to maximize the use of the sun’s natural light while reducing solar heat gain by making use of reflective materials. The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC stands out as a prime example of an educational leader that focuses not only on the educational needs of the school, but also, on being environmentally conscious.
For more information about The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, please visit: http://www.goddardschool.com/Rock-HillSC.
For more information on the LEED certification process, please visit www.usgbc.org/leed.
The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.
Learning for fun. Learning for life.® The Goddard School® uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students at 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.
Americans Voice Strong Mandate for Better School Buildings and Infrastructure in New Nationwide Independent PollMonday, December 2nd, 2013
90 percent of Americans agree that more money needs to go toward fixing our nation’s school facilities
Philadelphia – (Nov. 21, 2013) – A new independent nationwide survey reveals 3 out of 4 Americans are supportive of green schools. The survey, sponsored by United Technologies Corp. (UTC) and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, explores American’s attitudes toward the country’s public school buildings and investments to modernize school infrastructure. The results were announced today during a press conference at the Greenbuild Conference & Expo in Philadelphia.
The survey results show that 90 percent of Americans think it is important to improve public school buildings. Across political party lines, more than half of those surveyed (54 percent) would rate K-12 school buildings and infrastructure in the United States as poor or fair at best.
“The results of this nationwide survey are a call to action for elected officials and school leaders across the country,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. “Nine out of 10 Americans believe that it’s time for us to invest in transforming aging school facilities into 21st century learning environments. Regardless of political affiliation, Americans agree: where our children learn matters.”
More than half of Americans surveyed also feel that the U.S. does not spend enough money on buildings and infrastructure in K-12 schools. Nearly half of respondents (49 percent) would donate to a green schools cause and 43 percent would volunteer time to green their own schools.
“Every day 25 percent of Americans go to school as students, faculty, staff and administrators. Green schools improve learning, health and productivity, while lowering operating costs. There is measurable opportunity here to improve the day-to-day life for a quarter of Americans,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. “These results show a tremendous level of public support for school infrastructure improvements and the investment they will require.”
The Center for Green Schools estimates it will cost $271 billion to bring school buildings up to working order and comply with laws. If additional steps are taken to ensure schools meet today’s education, safety and health standards, the Center estimates that figure grows to $542 billion.
The independent survey of 500 Americans was conducted via telephone from Oct. 31– Nov. 4, 2013 by David Binder Research.
About the Center for Green Schools at USGBC
The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, visit centerforgreenschools.orgor find us on Twitter and Facebook.
About United Technologies Corp.
United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. For more information, visit our website at www.utc.com or follow us on Twitter: @UTC.