The Boca Ciega High School consists of two new high school buildings totaling 235,202 square feet on approximately 37.22 acres of land. The objective of this project is to obtain LEED Gold Certification for Schools by addressing site issues, utilizing recycling materials, water efficiency, lighting and HVAC efficiency, and considerations of indoor and environmental quality, among other items.
Boca Ciega High School facility will serve as a center for the community as well as the community’s high school. The new Media Center and Cafeteria will be a great resource to the community. The facility will be opened to the public for band competitions, athletic camps, traveling sports, and other events.
Boca Ciega High School pursued LEED Gold certification in their Administration and Freshman Experience-Building 1 and their 9-12th grade Science-Building 4, because they understand the benefits of green buildings to the educational environment of their students and community. The school’s reasons for adopting green design principles are best summarized in the following principles for sustainability:
• Provides a healthy indoor environment, which is associated with higher achievement, for the students and staff of Boca Ciega High School.
Helps meet Pinellas County School’s fiscal responsibility by contributing significant savings in both energy and water usage.
• Allows the teachers to use the facility, and newly created curriculum to teach students about science and the environment.
You can view more details at the project listing here.
– Linda Smithe, RA, CSI , CDT, LEED AP BD&C