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Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Budget / Size: $3.7M / 27,000 SF

LEED Status: LEED-NCv2.2 Platinum

Services: All LEED-related services including sustainable design and construction integration; teaming charrettes; energy modeling; commissioning coordination; documentation, coordination and submission of LEED certification package; LEED certification process management with USGBC.

Schedule Start: December 2007
Schedule Completion: September 2009

Client Contact: William Handmaker, Head of School, Crossroads College Prep 314.367.8085
Vertegy Contact: Thomas Taylor, Principal, 314.399.9992

Description: This private school committed to creating a sustainable master plan for its campus in the Forest Park-DeBaliviere neighborhood and with the first phase - renovating a large portion of the main school building (formerly a grocery store) and creating an addition for science labs and a library – became the first school in the Midwest to earn LEED Platinum. The renovation included updating some classrooms, creating a computer lab and a new music room and a complete overhaul of the HVAC system. Daylight, through the addition of skylights and Solatubes, was introduced to formerly dark spaces. The renovated bathroom includes low-flow fixtures, and a solar thermal array on the roof provides hot water to the science labs. A rain garden was constructed directly outside the building to collect storm water, provide habitat and act as a teaching garden for students. The building incorporates many innovative materials options, including stone-based resilient tile, reused carpeting and study carrels from the old building.

Other Awards:

  • 2009 Heroes of the Planet Award Finalist
  • U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School