Blending green building principles, art, and an environmental message, the Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School reflects not only the curriculum, but also the community’s commitment to
Project goals included a vibrant learning environment supported by the lighting approach. Lighted ceilings from direct-indirect pendants help balance copious daylight in classrooms. Accents and wall wash fixtures provide vertical brightness for wayfinding and balance.
As a result of efficient lighting, generous daylighting, high-efficiency energy systems, and improved envelope, the school is 33.6% more efficient than a minimum compliant ASHRAE baseline building in terms of annual energy cost and 34.2% better in terms of annual site energy consumption.
The classrooms make the most of windows, not only to bring views of the outside environment in, but also to incorporate daylight into educational areas. Daylighting offers the twin benefits of reducing the energy consumption of architectural lighting and improving overall student performance. Other cost-effective features include solar power, storm water retention and reuse, and recycled materials used in construction.