Published on April 7th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
RICHLAND TWO SCHOOL ACHIEVES LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (LEED) CERTIFICATION
COLUMBIA, S.C. —Muller Road Middle School has earned LEED for Schools Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Muller Road facility has also received Merit Awards from the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and South Carolina Chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International.
The facility, which opened in 2011, was designed by Quackenbush Architects. The 17-acre site includes play fields and an ample amount of open green space. Preferential parking is given to carpools and low-emitting vehicles, and bicycle infrastructure is also provided. The building design incorporates efficient mechanical and plumbing systems projected to save 18 percent more energy and nearly 23 percent more drinking water than the calculated baseline. The building materials include 20 percent recycled content and 25 percent locally sourced materials. Nearly 86 percent of the waste generated in the construction of the building was recycled rather than sent to a landfill.
The building is organized around a large courtyard providing outdoor learning and teaching spaces via a pavilion and landscaped areas. Three academic “houses” accommodate flexible, collaborative central spaces to provide diversity of learning options. Within each house are larger flexible classrooms that open via large folding glass doors into two-story collaboration areas full of daylight from an above clerestory.
Muller Road Middle School is located at 1031 Muller Rd, Blythewood, 29016.