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LEARNING GATE COMMUNITY SCHOOL

mIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOM BUILDINGS

LEARNING GATE MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOMS

 

Learning Gate Community School - Middle School Classrooms
New Construction 8,000 SF, $1,200,000

 

The Learning Gate project is a 10 classroom, 8,000 SF middle school addition to an existing campus, which earned LEED Platinum Certification. LGCS is a charter school designed around a unique curriculum that integrates nature, agriculture, and environmental responsibility into the classroom.

 

The addition is constructed using prefabricated 6" wood stud modules for quick site assembly. Once placed on their elevated foundations, the buildings were insulated with R-30 Soy-Based spray foam insulation.Walls are finished with 95% recycled content gypsum board and the floors with "Cradle-to-Cradle" carpet tiles made from soda bottles.

 

Large insulated north facing windows allow for natural light while dimmable T-8 fluorescent fixtures will automatically adjust to add additional lighting when necessary. The classrooms also utilize a High Efficiency A/C system which dehumidifies botht he fresh and return air allowing for amaller sized cooling units. A 25Kw Photovoltaic panel array is incorporated to provide power to the site, and all systems are fully monitored on site.  Rainwater is harvested for flushing of the 1.2 gal/flush toilets, which will eventually be integrated into an on site "living machine" waste treatment center.

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NATURE IS THE CLASSROOM

At Learning Gate Academy, the environment is the curriculum. The campus is literally in the woods and learning about sustainability is what it's all about!

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Classrooms are NOT air-conditioned in the common definition of the term.  A comfortable learning enviroment is achieved by dehumidification and air circulation rather than costly energy consuming cooling which only adds to the heat of the outdoor air.

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Students and community members have opportunities to interact and explore their environment in a variety of ways using the organic garden, outdoor classroom, the protected wetlands area, the butterfly garden and backyard habitat, the LEED Platinum Green Classrooms, the aquatic observation and research deck, and the historic log cabin that serves as a library. 

 

Budget concerns, short construction timeframe, and simplicity were all addressed by using pre-fabricated modular classrooms with onsite modifications to upgade insulation value  

From Concept to Reality: An aerial view 

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