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Lovett School “goes green” with middle school opening

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Lovett_MS_ext_1_NaniaATLANTA, GA – The Portman Family Middle School was dedicated at The Lovett School today in a ceremony that drew attention to the school’s commitment to environmental stewardship. From the building’s design and operations to its students’ curriculum, sustainability is integrated throughout the 75,000 s.f. school, which opened for classes in September.

The facility provides sixth through eighth grade students with a technology-rich learning environment, including science labs, a computer lab, art and drama studios, collaborative study rooms, and a 500-seat multi-purpose room.

The school’s garden roof is an interactive learning space, with native plantings and a rainwater-fed runnel carrying water through the garden to a cistern below. Students can view the building’s energy consumption on a building dashboard on the ground floor.

The school’s energy-efficient features, including solar hot water and daylight and motion sensors, will mean a reduction in energy use by more than 20%. Water-efficient plumbing fixtures are expected to save Lovett close to half a million gallons of water annually over conventional plumbing.

The building, which has received the Energy Star from the US Environmental Protection Agency, is pursuing LEED Gold certification.

The Portman Middle School is the most recent project completed for The Lovett School by Shepley Bulfinch. The firm prepared a campus master plan for the school in 2000, followed by the 2003 completion of Lovett’s Upper and Lower Schools.

Portman Middle School’s sustainable design attributes

One Response to “Lovett School “goes green” with middle school opening”

  1. Anna Glaser Says:

    The building is gorgeous!