Rothenberg Preparatory Academy is a four-story, 137,839 square-foot facility which supports an enrollment of 424 students. The renovated building reopened in fall 2013 and earned LEED for Schools Silver certification November 3, 2015. The renovation of the elementary school, originally built in 1930, preserved the original character of the school while upgrading the interior to a 212st century learning environment.
The project included various sustainable sites elements. The design of the school incorporates the use of a rooftop garden to reduce the heat island effect. The roof previously served as a playground for the children. The garden includes 32 raised garden beds of various sizes. Teachers are assigned a garden bed and each student has their own spot to grow the plants they choose. It includes a community area with bench seating, a gathering area and an outdoor classroom. Shade awning help protect the plants. The garden provides hands-on learning experiences to enrich the curriculum and develop critical thinking skills. It also serves the community with activities as a Community Learning Center. The site design also included a large community playground, and several landscaped plazas.
Other green features include maintaining existing walls, floors and roof; passive solar; extensive daylighting using skylights; and the use of low emitting materials, regional materials, and recycled content.
Photos from greenroofs.com
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