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C o n T e n T s 34 Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building A Building that Teaches 6 Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts Champion for Change It’s hard to imagine a less desirable site for a school than the one selected for the new Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Bordered on one side by an elevated train track, polluted with industrial waste, used as a hub for drug dealing and covered with litter, neighborhood residents avoided the area whenever possible. The design team overcame the challenges of the site, revitalizing it, the school and the surrounding community. The school’s sustainable design includes ample daylight, an acoustical design that greatly reduces the train noise and an efficient geothermal heating and cooling system — a first for the school district. The school uses less energy than any other school in the district. 20 Mercy Corps World Headquarters Building with a Mission Responding to international crises isn’t easy when your colleagues are scattered across six separate office spaces. Mercy Corps found its solution in Portland, Ore.’s neglected Packer-Scott Building. Constructed in 1892, the building was renovated, and about the same amount of square footage was added. The nonprofit’s new LEED Platinum headquarters features a spacious daylit atrium and stairwell (which also functions as a stack ventilator). It includes an open plan layout and common areas such as the coffee bar, which help stimulate informal collaboration for its entire staff. A variable refrigerant flow heat pump system, dual outdoor air system and natural ventilation contribute to an annual EUI of 36 kBtu/ft2. Winter 2013 Before construction of the Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building, music students practiced in an old bus barn outbuilding and science students conducted experiments in a lab with outdated equipment. The new net zero energy building includes a greenhouse where students grow and harvest crops, learning about biological systems first hand. Musicians now perform in a space designed for acoustics. Students are surrounded by reminders of the building’s sustainable design, from the overhead scissor trusses that were salvaged from the old bus barn to a window cutaway that reveals the building envelope components. All nonpotable water needs, including toilet flushing and irrigation, are met with collected rainwater and water diverted from an on-site stream. The project, designed as a community resource, includes interior spaces and an amphitheater that can be used for public gatherings. 4 HigH Performing Buildings

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of High Performing Buildings - Winter 2013

High Performing Buildings - Winter 2013
Commentary
Contents
Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
Mercy Corps World Headquarters
Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building
UC Davis Health and Wellness Center
Gateway West Sustainable I
Technologies on Display
Advertisers Index

High Performing Buildings - Winter 2013

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