Sustainable goals for the project were in place from the outset as Cuningham Group and the client collaborated on making sustainability a visible priority in the design.
Marina Del Rey, CA (PRWEB) December 23, 2009
International architecture firm Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A. (Cuningham Group) announces that Watertown-Mayer Elementary School is officially recognized as LEED® certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across a number of metrics.
Sustainable goals for the project were in place from the outset as Cuningham Group and the client collaborated on making sustainability a visible priority in the design. Sustainable features of the school include a geothermal well system, efficient water and energy systems, stormwater management, and the use of regional materials and resources. Daylighting is provided to a majority of the learning spaces and a state-of-the-art high efficiency mechanical system brings fresh air into each classroom. Optimizing the energy performance of the building and its systems is projected to result in a 40% energy savings over a conventional building designed to current building code.
The award-winning Watertown-Mayer Elementary School (Watertown, Minnesota) integrates innovative educational design with respect for the local community and environment. Cuningham Group organized the school into neighborhoods to form small learning communities. The flexible setting allows teachers to deliver instruction in a variety of ways and enables learners to succeed based upon individual learning styles, while the plan’s openness and visibility enhance safety and security. The design also celebrates the surrounding landscape with each academic wing having its own identity (farmland, wetland, woodland, prairie).
About Cuningham Group
Cuningham Group® transcends tradition with architecture, interior design, urban design and planning services for a diverse mix of client and project types. Our client-centered, collaborative approach incorporates trend-setting architecture and environmental responsiveness to create projects that weave seamlessly into the urban fabric. Founded in 1968, the firm is consistently recognized as a leader in a variety of markets and has grown to over 160 employees in offices in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Biloxi, Bakersfield, Madrid and Seoul. For more information, please visit http://www.cuningham.com.