Lakeside going green with renovation project - December 18, 2007

Record Number: 3715
Displayed from: Dec 18, 2007 , until: Jan 18, 2008

In an effort to be environmentally conscious and good fiscal stewards, Fort Wayne Community Schools is pursuing LEED certification for the Lakeside Middle School renovation project to be completed in 2008. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is obtained through the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization committed to making sure buildings are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. FWCS is seeking the LEED-Existing Building status as it begins a $4 million improvement project to replace and upgrade the HVAC system and windows into the building. FWCS currently incorporates LEED-recommended practices in its cleaning, pest control and air management plans and policies. The district believes it is important to follow such practices to reduce the negative impact on people in its buildings as well as the environment. "Following the practices needed for the certification makes our buildings healthier places for students to learn and employees to work while being responsible for environment, which benefits everyone," FWCS Facilities Director Steve Parker said. It is also smart business. Following LEED certification strategies can produce energy savings of 30-50 percent and reduce water usage by 30-50 percent. The Lakeside project was approved by the school board in the fall, and construction will begin in the spring with work taking place outside of school hours to minimize disruptions to the learning environment. The improvements are expected to be complete by the time school opens for the 2008-09 school year. The district will find out if it receives the LEED certification after the project is complete. To learn more about LEED-Existing Building Certification, visit www.usgbc.org/leed/eb.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.