Portland, Oregon classroom earns LEED Platinum certification
The Evans-Harvard High Performance Classroom at the da Vinci Arts Middle School in Portland, OR, was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification making it the only K-12 public school building to achieve this level of certification. The classroom is part of the Solar 4R Schools program, was designed by SRG Partnership and constructed by Todd Hess Building Company. The classroom features natural daylighting and passive cooling systems that help it track toward net-zero energy use. The building has earned accolades in the press including The New York Times for its innovative design and its potential impact on student performance.
"It's gratifying to have this project recognized for its contribution as the highest caliber asset in Portland Public School's inventory of educational facilities. This classroom provides an ongoing educational laboratory for students, educators, parents and administrators of what is possible with respect to resource efficiency." - Nancy Bond, Portland Public Schools.
The da Vinci classroom is the first project to achieve LEED Platinum for PPS, SRG and THBC. Project team key players included Portland Public Schools; SRG Partnership; Todd Hess Building Company; Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory; PBS Environmental; Bonneville Environmental Foundation; Solarc; Greenworks; kpff; Listen Acoustics; and Green Building Services.
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