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LEED Gold Environmentally-Conscious Educational Facility


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By: Robin Bectel, Editor - Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Source: iGreenBuild.com

NAME OF BUILDINGHAROLD D. RIDER FAMILY MEDIA, SCIENCE & FINE ARTS CENTER
http://www.elginacademy.org/
ADDRESS 261 Dundee Avenue., Elgin, IL
BUILDING’S COMPLETION
October 2008
DESIGNER/ARCHITECT
DLA
BUILDER
Pepper Construction
OWNER/DEVELOPERElgin
Academy
SQUARE FOOTAGE
41,380 Square Feet
CERTIFICATION ACHIEVED - LEED Gold

 
 
An environmentally-conscious educational facility, Harold D. Rider Family Media, Science and Fine Arts Center is a private school designed for Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade students. One core goal for this school is to aid students in developing a greater understanding and appreciation for the principles of Green Sustainable Design, which is accomplished by students using the facility as a “living laboratory” as part of its ongoing curriculum Constructed by DLA Architects, the design features a variety of highly visible “green” features that publicly promote the school. Among the more noticeable of these features are the xeriscape landscaping, environmentally controlled lighting, and occupancy sensors, as well as dual flush toilets for water conservation. The not so obvious features include the urban infill and a highly efficient building envelope to reduce solar heat gain. This school facility has a strong community connection through a public/private partnership, which involves the communal use of the school’s Black Box Theater. The theater houses student programs along with the Elgin Opera and other local groups. With the Green Sustainable Design and its principles embedded within the heart and soul of both the program and the facility itself, Harold D. Rider Family Media, Science and Fine Arts Center exemplifies a new trend in going green. 

FUN FACTS

FACT 1The white roof has a high reflectivity which reduces the heat island effect by minimizing absorption of the sun’s heat into the building.

FACT 2The school is an educational tool for students who serve as docents providing tours to visitors.

FACT 3A vestibule airlock controls air infiltration at the primary entrance where students, staff and guests enter and exit throughout the day.

FACT 4Students of all ages are being trained to use computer displays to monitor the performance of the building’s mechanical and electrical systems.

FACT 5Each of the science classes feature an environmental focus.



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