The School of Green


Some fantastic news on the Park City Schools Front...

It took some time to get Park City High School remodeled, but the end result? Well, read for yourself:
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VCBO Architecture and Park City School District announce Park City High School has Achieved LEED Silver Certification

State of the Art High School Design Reflects the Environmental Values of its Community

Salt Lake City-based VCBO Architecture, a top Intermountain Region Architecture firm and leader in environmentally sound design, and Park City School District announce that Park City High School, located in Park City, Utah, has been LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified at the Silver level by the United States Green Building Council. In addition to shepherding the project through the LEED certification process, VCBO Architecture provided planning, design, and construction administration for the facility. Three years under construction, the $28 million, 260,000 square-foot, two-story school high school incorporates legacy sections of the old school as well as design elements that echo Park City’s rich mining history.

“The achievement of LEED Silver certification is the result of outstanding collaboration and dedication to sustainable principles from both the design team and the District,” said architect Steve Crane, FAIA, the Principal in Charge of the project,

Park City High School is the first comprehensive high school in the State to achieve LEED certification. The school has previously won awards for excellence in education facility design. Park City High School is designed to encourage collaboration, increase flexibility in teaching, and incorporate an integrated curriculum.

Much of the success of the project can be attributed to the leadership of Steve Oliver, the Director of Facilities for Park City School District, and Hilary Hays, principal of the High School. “We teach by example when we build to LEED standards,” said Kim Carson, Board President. “Students learn to value the environment and energy conservation through observing it in practice. It also creates long-term savings and value to our community. I am extremely proud of this project and what it has brought to our students and community alike.”

Substantial energy savings could potentially surpass 15% per year and the school will utilize green power to the greatest extent possible. LEED credits were earned by applying a variety of sustainable design concepts throughout the project. The quality of the indoor environment is optimized through use of efficient task- and day-lighting, delivering fresh outside air throughout the school, and through the use of low VOC materials during and after construction. Water efficiency was another source of LEED credits including culinary water conservation of a million gallons annually through use of low flow and waterless plumbing fixtures as well as by installing synthetic turf playing fields that need no irrigation. Intelligent conservation of materials and resources included recycling building materials from the original school’s steel and brick, promoting a recycling program campus wide, and using locally produced materials. Sustainable measures related to the school’s site included brownfield redevelopment, on-site storm water management, and encouraging alternative means of transportation: bicycling, public transportation, and pedestrian access, as well as minimizing parking capacity.