Sustainability key in new school designs

Architects looking for input on sustainable building designs for new schools

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2013 2:27pm
  • News

The Mercer Island School District, Mahlum Architects and Integrus Architecture will host a community listening session on potential sustainability practices in district buildings on Dec. 9 from 6 until 9 p.m. at Islander Middle School.

“We are committed to effectively using the dollars we have to make our district practices more sustainable, efficient and affordable,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano in a press release. “There is a lot that can be done these days around sustainability practices in buildings. We want to talk to the community about what their specific priorities in sustainability are.”

Architects will present a list of sustainable options discussed during the development of the educational specifications for each of the projects and take community input concerning other ideas and values around sustainability.

“Several ideas we are considering based on feedback we have already received include utilizing natural site features and low-impact development, rain gardens and bio-swales, energy efficient mechanical, plumbing and lighting systems, geothermal heating and photovoltaic panels,” schools official Dean Mack said in the release. “We’re also going to plan ahead to make sure there can be shared use of the facilities in the community to maximize utilization and value.”

The shared values, insights and comments from the listening session will be part of the final designs of the three overcrowding solutions included in the bond proposition Islanders will vote on in the Feb. 11, 2014 special election.

Mahlum is leading the design and development for the proposed fourth elementary school and Mercer Island High School addition, while Integrus is the lead for the Islander Middle School expansion. Both teams will be present at the listening session with MISD staff.

 

More in News

Photo courtesy Sally McLaughlin
                                Dr. David Frank Wolter.
Mercer Island’s Dr. Wolter dies at the age of 95

David Frank Wolter delivered over 7,000 babies in his career as OB-GYN.

Photo courtesy of MIYFS Facebook
                                Mercer Island Youth and Family Services received a 4-yer grant prevention grant from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.
MIYFS receives 4-year prevention grant

The $48,500 per year will be used for the ongoing work to reduce binge and heavy-drinking rate of Island Youth.

Photo courtesy of City of Mercer Island
                                A cougar was captured by security footage on Aug. 5.
WDFW: Mercer Island cougar sighting ‘not unheard of’

The animal has not been spotted since the initial report was made

Stephanie Quiroz/staff photos
                                Covenant Living at the Shores residents and staff with Ageless Aviation pilot and team at the Renton Municipal Airport on Aug. 12.
Covenant Living at the Shores Residents take flight

Tom Norris, Sid Boegl, Doug Wilkinson, and Jack Nelson take flight in a 1942 Boeing Stearman.

The map shows ten areas of Mercer Island that require critical infrastructure and resources, should a natural disaster occur. Photo courtesy of the city of Mercer Island
Preparing for “the really big one” in a city surrounded by water

The Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan covers nearly 60 planning partners, including Mercer Island.

Photo courtesy of Juliana Kang Robinson
                                Juliana Kang Robinson’s public artwork, “Alone Together.”
MI artist completes Seattle public artwork

Juliana Kang Robinson designed the new artwalk intersection University and 1st Avenue near Harbor Steps and the Seattle Art Museum.

Dr. Richard Repass is the owner and medical director of Revolution Psychiatry. He has spent the last decade caring for patients who struggle with mental health illnesses and substance use disorders. Photo courtesy of Richard Repass
A new psychiatry clinic offers natural, alternative methods of detox various disorders

Revolution Psychiatry helps patients suffering with alcoholism or drug abuse, among other disorders.

Most Read