LEED for Schools’ mission was to ensure that “every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation.” Studies show that students and teachers perform better in schools with better air quality and healthy materials.
Built in the 1930’s, the historic Highland Heights School had fallen into disrepair. The school, current home of KIPP Academy, is undergoing a renovation that will result in a high performing, healthy learning environment, giving over 1,000 Nashville students the opportunity to attend a green school.
Wilmot was selected to help the General and Mechanical contractors achieve LEED Silver certification. Notable features include a geothermal heating and cooling system and natural daylight. Other LEED requirements include no VOC materials, high acoustic performance and stringent mold prevention strategies. When complete the building will act as a teaching tool to instruct students on the benefits of high performance building. Additionally, it will reduce operating costs for the Metro Schools system.