Bessie Carmichael School Awarded Grant for LEED Certification

by , 01/06/10

Bessie Carmichael school playground, sustainable design, green design, green architecture, san francisco, soma, green schoolPhotograph 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.

+ Bessie Carmichael School

+ Plum Architects

Photographs by John David Peterson

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  1. verdedude January 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    use – the best online resource for quickly identifying regionally manufactured products that can help earn points for certified wood, recycled content, reclaimed material, rapidly renewable material and low VOCs

  2. Piper Kujac January 7, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    The San Francisco Unified School District was awarded this money in a joint effort from Adobe Systems and USGBC for ‘green campus improvements’, which includes a myriad of efforts on this front. Exactly where these funds are being allocated is still in development, but for those out there thinking the obvious, such as ‘shouldn’t this money be going towards education?’, part of the funds will be put towards education and awareness of sustainable principles, etc., and no, the 100K would not be singularly eaten up by LEED Certification.
    The real value of LEED Certification is insurance and adherence to the guidelines it outlines. Check out some of the details of LEED for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance here:
    If all schools had to adhere to these guidelines, the operation costs (not to mention energy savings) would be phenomenal!

  3. agent_phosgene January 7, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Yes, that’s how much certification costs. It’s rediculious. LEED is an very expensive way of saying we built the building the way we should have and not much more.

  4. Bob Ellenberg January 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    If I read this right, the building is complete and they got a grant of $100K to get the certification?

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