The Stephen’s County High School achieved LEED certification from the US Green Building Council, and is the Stephen’s County Board of Education’s first LEED certified project, as well as the first public school in the region to achieve LEED certification and at over 400,000 sf, one of the largest LEED for Schools certified projects in the state. Trident Sustainability Group served as the LEED consultant for the project.
The new $35 million facility provides a sustainable learning environment for thousands of high school students and also features a 2,000 seat sports arena and 1000 seat performing arts center. Numerous sustainable features were included such as a high efficiency, variable volume HVAC system, low flow plumbing fixtures, super efficient lighting tied to occupancy sensors, and low emitting finishes that were used throughout.
“Green schools should be a no-brainer. Students are in a better learning environment and tend to have better test scores, and ongoing operation costs are much lower”, said Tommy Linstroth, Principal of Trident Sustainability Group. “Achieving LEED certification was on one of the largest LEED for Schools project in the state shows the Stephen’s County Board of Education’s commitment to providing the best learning environment for their students
The architect for the project was JW Buckley and Associates, and the general contractor was Bowen Watson.