HARTFORD, CT — Hartford Public Schools
built the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) Gold-certified school in Connecticut for the innovative Mary M. Hooker Environmental Studies Magnet School
that opened August 30, according to the Hartford Business Journal.
The $41-million facility taps into national trends of using ecology to teach basic elementary curriculum, putting students in eco-friendly buildings and creating environments conducive to learning, the article noted.
The reconstruction of the facility toward the LEED green building certification program started in April 2009 and included 70,000 square feet in renovations and a 30,000-square-foot addition, the article stated.
According to the article, the innovative construction needed to achieve the Gold level certification required general contractor PDS Engineering & Construction Inc
. to grasp new techniques as the facility was stripped down and built up from its basic structure.
All of the building''s components were made within 500 miles and 98 percent of the materials demolished during the reconstruction were recycled, the article added.