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Two Schools Honored by the Connecticut Green Building Council

Two educational facilities deigned by TSKP STUDIO have been honored by the Connecticut Green Building Council for sustainable design: the Rogers IB School in Stamford and The Chase Tallwood Math & Technology Center at the Kingswood Oxford School. These projectss were among a group of six projects selected in the institutional category by the Jury.

While the Chase Tallwood Center is registered for LEED Gold Certification, the Rogers IB School in Stamford has already received its LEED Silver Certification. Designed as a 106,000 sq.ft K-6 school on a brownfield site, the Rogers school is an International Baccalaureate program with an environmental curriculum theme. To support curriculum needs, the design features four prominent elements of sustainability: a large intensive green roof for educational use; a rain garden demonstrating the natural filtration of storm water; a rain and stormwater collection system; and a wind turbine demonstrating 'free energy'.

Kingswood-Oxford School, a private co-educational day school serving 600 students in grades 6-12 launched the design phase for their project with a campus lecture on sustainable design from one of the movement's early advocates, William McDonough. Rather than gobble up precious central green space, the design team chose to utilize the space between existing buildings for the 28,000 sq.ft. facility. The new math and science building was crafted to connect a series of campus buildings into a functioning unit that serves the entire school. The use of abundant natural light in the interiors and the reconfiguration of an existing energy system from an adjacent structure all contributed to a significant reduction in the usage of electricity. The resulting design features an efficient building envelope and compact footprint, which also enhances the central green and campus architecture.

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