Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is Virginia’s fastest-growing school division and one of the fastest-growing school districts in the United States. LCPS participates in the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), a leading a national movement to improve student performance and the educational experience by building the best possible schools. In so doing, it has distinguished itself as a provider of superior educational facilities. Rock Ridge high school was one of several schools built to support the County’s rapidly-growing student population.
2RW provided full MEP/FP design for the new school and athletic complex based on an LCPS school prototype design developed 15 years earlier.
As part of the MEP/FP design process, 2RW provided energy modeling services to verify that the school, when built, would meet the CHPS energy performance prerequisite of consuming 15% less site energy than a baseline building. 2RW also made recommendations for updating the building prototype to incorporate design and technology advancements, reduce capital expenses and operational costs, and meet energy performance requirements. Additional adjustments were made to simplify the building layout and fire separations and incorporate daylighting strategies for more natural light.
2RW also provided MEP/FP design for the school’s athletic complex which consisted of combined football and track-and-field facilities, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, and related concessions, restrooms, utility buildings, and press boxes. Field lighting was carefully designed to accommodate field orientation, location, and illuminance to ensure uniform light distribution and minimize over-spill into surrounding neighborhoods.
Energy models predicted a 25.7% reduction in energy consumption compared to a baseline. Factoring in prevailing utility rates this equates to a 20% cost savings, which exceeds the CHPS minimum energy performance requirement.
OWNER: Loudoun County Public Schools
TIMEFRAME: 2013 – 2014
SIZE: 280,000 SF
COST: $66 million