Works / LEED Hood River Middle School / Hood River, Oregon

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HRMS (1)The Hood River Middle School science and music addition is a Platinum LEED certified project designed as a hands-on learning laboratory, where students interact with the site’s resource systems. GreenWorks worked closely with teachers and the school principal to design a site that meets school needs while utilizing a small ecological footprint. Resource system information, such as onsite rainwater harvesting, wastewater treatment and solar power generation, is tracked and fed to a central dashboard where students monitor the buildings’ resource flows. In the native plant arboretum, each student is responsible for a plant that they care for, water, measure and observe throughout the seasons. The learning garden is an ever-changing canvas, which provides harvests enjoyed by students and the community. Students harvest and sell the produce at the local farmers market and learn permaculture principles in the multisensory, food forest where they grow and harvest plants for food, fiber, dye and other uses. A covered bike shelter and recycling shed provide appropriate space for the school to continue sustainable practices. Outdoor gathering spaces around the building create room for impromptu gatherings, concerts, music practice, harvesting and relaxing. GreenWorks’ services included schematic design, construction documents, specifications, LEED documentation, bidding assistance and construction  administration.