River Crest's LEED Gold certification validates and confirms that sustainable design and construction can be done at or below conventional costs
Appleton, WI (PRWEB) September 4, 2009
River Crest Elementary School in Hudson, Wisconsin, recently received the designation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the nation's foremost authority on green buildings. Hoffman LLC, http://www.hoffman.net, an Appleton, Wisconsin-based planning, architectural, and construction management firm, designed and built the highly-sustainable and eco-friendly school.
River Crest Elementary became the first elementary school in Wisconsin, and the second public elementary school in the nation, to receive Gold under the USGBC's new LEED for Schools Rating System. In addition, it is the second of only two public school buildings in the state to receive LEED Gold designation--the first being Hoffman's Northland Pines High School project in Eagle River, Wisconsin, in 2006.
"River Crest's LEED Gold certification validates and confirms that sustainable design and construction can be done at or below conventional costs," stated Mark Hanson, Hoffman's Director of Sustainable Services.
Completed in August of 2008, River Crest was designed and built for $166/square foot, which includes design, site work, construction, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment. Total project cost is $57/square foot less than, or 29% below, the average cost for public elementary schools built in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in 2008 as stated in the "2009 Construction Report" by School Planning & Management.
Paul J. Hoffman, Hoffman LLC owner and CEO, says, "In River Crest Elementary, the District has a school that not only showcases their commitment to sustainability as a LEED Gold building, but one that has impressed the community from both an aesthetic and financial standpoint."
River Crest Elementary, at 93,450 square feet, has capacity for 588 kindergarten through fifth grade students with additional space for two early childhood special education classrooms. The school consists of four sections per grade. Teachers favored a small learning community layout with a shared resource and storage room between classrooms. The 43-acre school grounds feature a paved walking/bike trail that connects with the adjacent YMCA-Camp St. Croix by a tunnel beneath the county road.
Sustainable highlights of the design and construction of River Crest Elementary include: daylight harvesting and views, energy efficiency, water efficiency, sustainable site design, high indoor air quality, local materials, recycling construction waste, and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wood.
According to the USGBC, the newly-created LEED for Schools Rating System "recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools and is the recognized benchmark for green schools, with third-party reviews to ensure that schools are healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective."
River Crest Elementary was featured in the 2008 School Planning & Management's Education Design Showcase--named as "Judges' Choice." The 2009 edition of Learning by Design featured the school as one of the Outstanding Projects--demonstrating best practices in sustainable design and construction--in the Green Special Section. River Crest, also, received a Distinguished Award in the Second Annual SchoolDesigner.com Design Collabetition.
Hudson School District's Superintendent of Schools, Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, recognizes that River Crest's success is due to board members who made sure the district pushed itself for LEED Gold throughout construction.
"It is an honor and validation to receive LEED Gold," Bowen-Eggebraaten said. "And to achieve it well below average costs is extremely satisfying. Hoffman, through its design of River Crest, has set a new standard for construction in the Hudson community and given the district the proud distinction of being a leader in sustainability--and more importantly--a leader in designing space for learning."
For additional information on River Crest contact Scott Pigeon or visit http://www.hoffman.net.
About Hoffman LLC:
Hoffman LLC, based in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a planning, architectural, and construction management firm whose mission is to make a positive impact on people's lives and their environment by providing creative ideas and responsible solutions. Total Project Management: Vision Taken to the Power of Green® (TPMg), is Hoffman's exclusive process that integrates efficient, healthy, and cost-effective building solutions that respect the environment while enhancing a building's quality and value and reducing initial and long-term facility costs.