This $17M 50,605 sf replacement school design included classrooms, secure rooms, security/video systems, library, fixed display boards, flexible spaces, administrative spaces, food preparation and a gymnasium.
PDC’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design solutions focused on reducing long-term operational costs through energy efficiency, reduced and consolidated equipment, and the use of robust yet simple design philosophies. The selected MEP system focused on providing an exemplary learning environment. Features of the system included an enhanced indoor air quality through displacement ventilation systems, which have not been implemented in any other school in Alaska, and CO2 sensors distributed in each classroom. The advantage of using the displacement ventilation system is that it reduces the size of the ventilation system. In addition, studies have shown that this type of system reduces the number of illnesses recorded in schools.
PDC also used an innovative mechanical room design that lead to the school gaining additional classroom space while maintaining excellent maintenance access to all equipment. The ventilation system has 100% heat recovery, and will operate at 100% outside air for a significant amount of the school year. Other energy saving systems included the use of condensing gas boilers, pumps with VFD’s, and school-wide use of LED light fixtures. Overall, the team was able to reduce the amount of maintained pieces of equipment by 30%, and reduce the ventilation based power usage by over 50% compared to other recent MSBSD schools.