Another Award for Redding School of the Arts – A Worldwide Achievement: 1st New School Campus to Earn Environmental Award

Photo by Alan Ernesto Phillips.

Redding School of the Arts has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED is an internationally recognized rating system designed to provide owners a path toward “greener” design,  building  and  operations  practices.

Although  there  are  currently  more than  12,000  LEED-certified projects in 120 countries around the world, Redding School of the Arts is noteworthy for  being  the  first  new  school  campus  anywhere  to  achieve  the  Platinum  rating  under  the rigorous LEED for Schools 2009 standards.

“Redding  School  of  the  Arts’  LEED  certification  demonstrates  tremendous  green  building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council.

“The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than  ever  before,  and  this  school  serves  as  a  prime  example  of  just  how  much  we  can accomplish.”

Completed in the fall of 2011, Redding School of the Arts is a 77,000 square-­-foot, K-­-8 public charter  school  designed  by  Trilogy  Architecture.  It  was  awarded  LEED  certification  for achievements  in  energy  use,  lighting  applications,  water  conservation  and  collection,  and building  material  components,  as  well  as  for  incorporating  a  variety  of  other  sustainable strategies.  The  school  was  funded  by  the  McConnell  Foundation  and  constructed  by  Gifford Construction.

Lee Salter, President and CEO of The McConnell Foundation, said, “We’re pleased to see Redding School of the Arts and Trilogy Architecture gain this recognition. The Foundation is proud to have funded this project and worked so closely with so many talented and visionary people to achieve our goal of building a sustainable school.”

LEED certification of the school was based on myriad green design and construction features that positively impact both the school itself and the broader community. Some of these features include the use of non-­-toxic paints; the use of more than 25 percent of building materials with recycled content,  and  the  recycling  of  almost  85 percent  of  construction  debris.   Water-saving  devices  are expected to save almost 500,000 gallons of water per year.   Bicycle and pedestrian walking paths to adjacent neighborhoods, bus service and even electric car recharging stations were all designed to minimize traditional car transportation.  With 100 year–old recycled redwood siding, windows into the mechanical spaces and elevator, an exposed steel structure and a building dashboard  to  show  everyone  how  well  the  building  is  actually  performing,  there  is  a transparency designed into the school’s inner workings that functions as a story to be absorbed by students, teachers and parents alike.

Trilogy Architecture, the Redding-­-based firm headed by James Theimer, AIA, previously received several national awards for its design of Redding School of the Arts, including an Honor Award from the National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) and an Award for Design Excellence from the American Institute of Architects.

James Theimer, architect and owner of Trilogy Architecture

“The client believes that LEED certification sends a positive message to the students, and to the community, that the environment is an important thing to protect,” said Theimer.

“With that idea in mind, our mission from the very beginning of the project was to design for the highest standard we could.  And Platinum certification tells us we got there.”

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