Jemicy Lower School, Green Science Classroom Building
Henry Adams provided the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering design for the new 1,500 SF green science classroom building. The new, state-of-the-art facility presents students with an exceptional, progressive classroom experience. The new building is complete with renewable energy, shop facilities, indoor and outdoor gardening, and an outdoor instructional plaza.
The MEP design includes interactive learning features and incorporates active sustainable technologies such as rainwater collection and a photovoltaic system. The project also involved the renovation and expansion of the gymnasium, multi-purpose room and locker room.
In addition to the MEP systems, the new building includes numerous environmentally friendly features. The exterior terraced organic vegetable garden is complemented by an indoor greenhouse bay for planting projects, and students will utilize rain water collection barrels to water plants.
Additional energy saving features include an entrance vestibule will reduce heat loss/gain during class rotation. The building includes an offset gable roofline, which maximizes the southern roof exposure for the photovoltaic panels used for generating electricity. A real-time video display in the classroom shows the amount of electricity being used in comparison to how much is being generated by the panels. Other green features include low VOC paint to improve indoor air quality; remote-operable skylights; low opening windows and a ceiling fan for increased ventilation.
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