The new Manassas Park Elementary School and Pre-K were completed in April 2009. The 121,200 square foot upper school accommodates approximately 875 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students and the 10,500 square foot Pre-K accommodates 70. The project goal was to create a campus that was not only environmentally sustainable but that serves as a teaching tool to lead children along a path of environmental stewardship. Design decisions were made to generate as many teachable moments as possible and sustainability is integrated within the curriculum. The buildings were designed to meet the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Challenge and use half the energy of code-compliant schools.
2RW provided LEED energy modeling and documentation development services for this LEED Gold facility and sustainability-focused MEP/FP engineering which included:
After the first year, data showed that utility costs were 29% (per GSF) lower than the adjacent elementary school that was constructed in 2000. Projections indicated that the school would utilize approximately 33 kBTU/SF in its first year of operation – almost half of the K-12 national average of 70kBTUs/GSF per year.
Rainwater collection conserves approximately 1.3 million gallons of water each year. Utility bills have shown that neighboring Cougar Elementary uses a monthly average of 570% more water than the new Manassas Park Elementary and Pre-K facilities.
OWNER: Manassas Park City Schools
TIMEFRAME: 2007 – 2009
SIZE: 131,700 SF
COST: $28.3 million