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.