Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hood River School District - School Upgrades

This diagram demonstrates the cyclical resource flows at the new LEED rated Hood River Middle School science and music addition     

In response to a successful bond measure the Hood River School District has been upgrading, renovating and building additions to their elementary, middle and high schools. GreenWorks helped retrofit existing sites and create new spaces and learning landscapes. Site improvements include plazas, playgrounds, stormwater facilities, outdoor classrooms, performance/ amphitheater spaces, learning gardens, ADA improvements, bike parking and associated landscapes. The site work carefully incorporates the needs of students and how they experience, use and enjoy a site while balancing safety, maintenance and sustainability. GreenWorks services included schematic design, construction documents, specifications, LEED documentation, bidding assistance and construction administration.

As Hood River School District completes these upgrades this fall, Hood River Middle school receives recognition for its LEED improvements. (See link to full article below.) We helped the Hood River Middle School flush out their ideas for a new science and music education addition. The addition will be LEED Certified because of sustainable features that help reduce the buildings footprint and give students a chance to interact with green technology. Improvements included:

- Rainwater capture and reuse inside and outside the building
- Learning gardens
- Educational Greenhouse
- Solar Panels for energy generation
- Material Reuse
- Native Landscaping
- Rain Gardens
- Composting
- Alternative Transportation

Hood River MS Educational Greenhouse

Three trees were removed on site to facilitate construction and allow for solar access to the solar panels. Log rounds were reused as planters in the landscape.
This trellis will support fruiting vines and espalier trees while helping to shade the south side of the building.

Hood River Valley High School stormwater feature and pathways

Outdoor classroom space for kindergartner students at West Side Elementary

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1 comment:

  1. I would have LOVED a playground like this when I was a kid!


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