To better serve military dependents, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) needed an A-E design team renovate and expand the Lejeune Middle/High School to meet 21st century education requirements. The 21st century learning environments address the multiple, interrelated learning needs of all children to better prepare them for today’s interconnected, technology-driven world.
USACE Norfolk selected RS&H for our proven ability to lead a fully collaborative parametric design charrette and then effectively provide complete facility programming, planning, engineering assessments, including life-cycle cost analysis, and design.
The school is designed to achieve LEED 2009 for Schools New Construction and Major Renovation Rating System Silver Certification. The design incorporates high-performance sustainable/energy reduction systems, including high-efficiency HVAC system, high-efficiency natural gas boilers for water heating, building envelope optimized for coastal climate, insulated glass units with low-e coating, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, daylighting (including light shelves, window shades, and tubular skylights), lighting controls, and LED lighting. The water-cooled refrigeration system serving the walk-in refrigerator and freezer is 25% more efficient than air-cooled systems. Additional energy-reducing design concepts include a compact floor plan, proper solar orientation/sizing of fenestration to maximize daylight harvesting while minimizing solar exposure and heat, recycled and regional materials, and water-efficient landscaping and water-use reduction. A whole-building energy model was performed that compared the proposed new building to a baseline building as defined in ASHRAE 90.1.
The RS&H team developed full-phased construction drawings that identified the specific demolition, construction, temporary service, and student flows for each phase, allowing the building to be continuously utilized throughout the approximate three-year construction duration. Students will remain in class during construction because the phases ensure daily operations and curriculum are not affected and temporary classroom space is not required.