Langford Elementary School Achieves LEED Silver Certification
LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD., is delighted to announce that the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) awarded Langford Elementary School a LEED Silver certification. This is the first school in Richland School District Two to achieve LEED certification and the seventh in the state to achieve this goal.
This 108,000 SF elementary school serves 747 students and was designed to allow for classroom “houses” including teacher workrooms for each grade-level house. An exterior courtyard provides natural daylighting as well as an outdoor play area. Some of the LEED initiatives include stack classrooms to minimize the building footprint, natural daylighting incorporated throughout the facility, energy efficiency systems, materials sourced locally and regionally, and materials that do not emit harmful chemicals indoors.
The school district’s Executive Director of Operations, Jack Carter said, “We are extremely excited that Langford Elementary School has been recognized as a LEED Silver school. It was accomplished through a great cooperative effort with our design firm, LS3P, and District staff. Allen Taylor of LS3P was especially instrumental in ensuring that the design achieved a balance between cost and return on investment. Langford is an environmentally friendly learning space and is the District’s first two-story elementary school using a smaller footprint than other recent elementary designs. The smaller footprint allows us to retain more green space on the campus. With improved day lighting and energy efficient systems, we are seeing pay back in our energy cost.”
Building or renovating schools to meet LEED initiatives is not only beneficial for the environment, but more importantly research shows that natural daylighting helps improve students test scores, student absenteeism decreases, and staff retention has increased. Even better, this healthier environment only increases the overall construction budget by less than 2%! It is due to such findings that other schools within the district are also currently seeking LEED certification.
LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD. is an architecture, interior architecture, and strategic visioning firm providing services nationwide from their offices in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina; and Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington, North Carolina. The combined offices have received over 350 awards for excellence in design utilizing practical yet creative solutions to enhance client strategies; and are honored to be included in ENR and InteriorDesign’s top design firms. For more information on LS3P, visit www.ls3p.com.