From Building Cincinnati
North College Hill's Middle-High School building has achieved LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the third education facility in the state and the second in the county to earn the honor.
Completed in 2010 and designed by SFA Architects, the 198,000-square-foot building achieved the certification due to such features as high-efficiency heating and cooling, environmentally-friendly building materials, sustainable site development, and solar panels that are capable of producing 5 percent of the school's energy needs. An estimated 918 tons of waste was diverted from area landfills during the building's construction.
"This project was completed within budget, with the full complement of education components incorporated into the building, and it was able to achieve this elite LEED rating," Ohio School Facilities Commission Executive Director Richard Hickman said in a prepared release. "North College Hill Middle-High School is a great example of what can happen when a team embraces integrated project delivery and works together towards constructing an energy-efficient, sustainable and healthy environment for students, teachers and staff."
In November 2007, North College Hill voters approved by a 59-41 margin an $11 million bond issue for a $38 million project to consolidate its elementary, middle, and senior high schools onto a central campus.
The new elementary school has been certified LEED Gold, and two of the three former elementary school buildings have since been repurposed – Goodman Elementary now houses the North College Hill City School District offices, Passages Gallery, and the North College Hill Historical Society; Clovernook Elementary is now used as the North College Hill City Center.
Ohio's other LEED Platinum public school buildings include Cincinnati Public Schools' Taft Information Technology High School in the West End and London Middle School in London.
Photos courtesy of the Ohio School Facilities Commission