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The Northern Guilford Middle School was constructed as a 3-dimensional (3-D) textbook so the students, teachers and the community learn about sustainable design strategies and how they reduce the impact that human development has upon our environment. The building includes classrooms for 950 students plus dining, gymnasium, auditorium, science, art, music, technology, media center and administration facilities.

To minimize cost and maximize environmental benefit, the sitework for both the adjacent high school and middle school was designed by
Innovative Design. This work includes the rainwater harvesting, the extensive bio-swales and three constructed wetlands, on-site wastewater treatment, and subsurface irrigation systems.
Location: Greensboro, NC
SF New Construction
Completion: January 2007
•Energy-efficient building envelope
•Daylighting in occupied spaces using light shelves and daylight sensors
•Holistic water cycle
•Underfloor air distribution system
•Solar domestic hot water
•Sensory garden
•Rainwater reuse for toilet flushing and fire protection
•Educational signage throughout school
•Real-time monitoring
•Recycled materials and local products
•Indoor environmental control management
•The 70 million year old Nicklas Mosasaur Fossil
Key sustainable design strategies include:
"Northern [Guilford Middle School] cost us 7 cents a square foot more than southern - peanuts."
Joe Hill, Guilford County Schools
"We couldn't be more pleased. The school met all our goals and helps move Guilford County Schools into the future. Students and faculty are more content and productive, and we have a built-in curriculum that is preparing the next generation for careers that will benefit our nation and our planet. These students will understand sustainability issues firsthand."
Dr. Sam Misher, Principal, Northern Guilford Middle School

"I appreciate your efforts. If all our architects were as proactive as you gentlemen, my job would be much easier."
David L. Smith, Guilford County Schools, NC, Program Director
850 West Morgan Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 I Tel. 919.832.6303 Fax. 919.832.3339
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