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Conceived as a replacement for its 100 + year old name sake, the new District 231 Lincoln Elementary school is located on 49 acres of former agriculture land on the north side of town adjacent to the community’s High School complex. Partially funded with a 2003 state construction grant, the new PK-5 facility has three grade sections and serves over 450 students including segments for early childhood and special education. Its state-of-the-art classrooms have the latest in teaching technology and are supported by smart building automation. This enhances the learning environment and reduces long term operating costs.
The new school was laid out using sustainable design principles. The entire building is heated and cooled with ground source – or geothermal – energy. Pulling heat from over 100 deep wells on site, the school’s HVAC operates far more efficiently than its predecessor, substantially reducing the district’s energy costs.
Type of Facility: Elementary School
Area of Building: 71,961 sq ft
The Winnetka Park District conducted a 12 month study to determine the feasibility and placement of a Service Center for the District’s golf and parks operations. Opting for good stewardship and operating efficiency, the Park District directed the project meet LEED Gold Certification standards.
The building was located on a brownfield site, atop a capped landfill adjacent to the Village of Winnetka’s Public Works Facility. On the outside, rain water storage cisterns, water efficient vegetation, fixed exterior sun shading, and other sustainable design strategies were used to garner LEED points. Inside, low flow fixtures, energy efficient lighting, low emitting materials, and ‘smart’ lighting and thermal controls were used throughout the facility.
The new Service Center includes an office area with work stations, conference room, locker rooms and storage, and a work bay with a vehicle maintenance area, workshop and dedicated equipment and storage spaces.
Type of Facility: New Service Center
Project Size: 8,800 sq ft
Construction Start: June 2009