Northside Elementary School - Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools
Focusing on sustainable technologies to achieve LEED Platinum certification
Located on a previously developed site with nearby public transit, this 100,000-square-foot school is at the heart of its neighborhood and also serves as a place for community events. Northside Elementary School is home to 585 students and includes classrooms, a media center, a multipurpose room, support spaces, and also dining and kitchen areas.
The Wooten Company teamed with Moseley Architects to provide Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical engineering services during the school’s design, with a focal point on sustainable technologies to achieve their desired LEED Platinum certification. As a result, Northside was the fourth LEED Platinum elementary school built in the country, and the first in North Carolina. Large windows in the classrooms provide natural light for the students and teachers, and a building dashboard is located in the media center accessible to teachers who can integrate the facility’s water and power usage into their lesson plans. While construction details such as skylights, solar heating, and a green roof evoke the future, the design celebrates the site’s history of education by featuring a historical timeline component in the main staircase.
The building’s design takes advantage of sustainable highlights such as a garden roof area connected to the adjacent science classroom and a comprehensive stormwater management plan that includes an underground rainwater cistern for supplying water to the toilet fixtures and the cooling tower, pervious pavers and porous playground surfaces. Carefully designed windows, tubular skylights, and light shelves are also put to use for both maximizing daylight in classrooms and reducing the energy spent for lighting.
The school's LEED Scorecard can be found here: http://www.usgbc.org/projects/northside-elementary-school