Building a Sustainable School
Founded on the principles of environmental awareness, the St. Philip’s Academy infused its philosophy into the heart of the school renovation by achieving LEED Silver certification. Structure Tone provided construction management services for the complete demolition and renovation of an existing 56,000sf building, and construction a four-story addition and a single-story, 14,000sf gymnasium to create the new St. Philip’s Academy. A coed, K–8 facility, the new complex includes:
- classrooms and offices
- cafeteria and kitchen
- rooftop garden and playing field
- MEP systems, elevator and stairwells
Constructing a building that met the guidelines for LEED Silver certification, the new gymnasium uses energy efficient, radiant floor heating; has functioning garage doors allowing access to the stage for outdoor performances, fresh air and natural light; and a rooftop flower and vegetable garden to help shade the building, reducing solar gain, as well as providing open space. In addition, the steel used to construct the gym was created with 80% post-consumer recycled content. For the reconstructed building, the heating and cooling system was more energy efficient and reduced noise pollution. A rooftop heat wheel was utilized to enhance the system's heat transfer. Materials for this project were regional and/or recycled and all construction was performed using non-toxic materials. Lumber was part of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified program. Approximately 80% of the construction was sent to be recycled or reused.
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