Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School was the meeting site and the showcase on Nov. 14 for members of the Kansas City Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America.
The meeting was scheduled at the school so that members could learn more about and tour the facility. Ray-Pec East Middle School was named the 2012 Project of the Year for the DBIA four-state Mid-America Region in the category of Institutional Buildings over $10 million, and the overall top project of the year in all categories.
The school has received other recognition as well. It was a winner of a 2011 Capstone Award from the Kansas City Business Journal in the category of Green Design.
The school was also awarded the LEED Gold certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is the nation’s foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.
As the school district worked with Hollis and Miller Architects and Titan Construction, the design and construction of the school purposely included sustainable and green features. The goal was to seek LEED Silver certification upon the building’s completion. The final certification showed that the school exceeded the requirements for Silver and achieved Gold certification.
Jay Harris, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, said that a series of decisions during the building’s construction allowed the district to build a school that achieved the gold rating.
“This is an outstanding accomplishment and could not have happened without great teamwork and collaboration from our staff and the design/construction teams,” Harris said. “The end result is a school that operates more efficiently, is better for the environment, provides better indoor air quality for staff and students, and allows the facility itself to be used as a learning tool.”
Ray-Pec East Middle School is located on M-58 east of Raymore. The 130,0000-square-foot school opened in August 2010 to serve all seventh and eighth grade students in the district.
The school achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use. Features include: Geothermal well field for heating and cooling, wind generator/solar signs, waste management, acoustical separation, day lighting, improved indoor air quality, retention pond/bioswale, and water efficiency. As much as possible, the project used materials produced regionally and containing recycled materials.
The design and construction team included Hollis and Miller Architects; Titan Construction, the construction manager; Bucher Willis Ratliff, the owner’s representative; Henderson Engineers; Shafer Kline and Warren, civil engineering firm; MKEC Engineering Consultants, Inc., the landscape engineer; and Viridian Energy & Environmental, the LEED consultant.