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Bessie Carmichael School Awarded Grant for LEED Certification
Photograph by John David Peterson
A 16-foot overhang and walkway ties the classrooms together and provides a cohesive indoor – outdoor space along the courtyard. Benches line the walls inside and out providing various scales of social interaction and flexible use. In addition to the strategic placement and angles of the building proper, all of the materials have been chosen for their performance, raw material strength, and aesthetic. The resulting effort reaches beyond any one design attribute, as the optimized spatial layout and materials palette truly speak to the original design intention – to provide a healthy learning environment for optimized child development and experience.
Initially the project sought LEED certification but ran short of funds in the early stages. Thanks to this grant from Adobe Systems Inc. and the guidance of the USGBC, the school is currently seeking LEED for Existing Building Certification to validate its many green attributes.
Photographs by John David Peterson
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