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Owner Midd-west schools District
Project Location Middleburg, Snyder County, PA
Partnership Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects
New Construction Budget $32,785,597
Awards & Certifications LEED Gold Certification, US Green Building Council 2012 Innovative Project of the Year, 2012 AIA Central Pennsylvania Citation Award, Honorable Mention Award – Council of Educational Facilities Planners International Northeast Region
Square Footage Additions – 169,609 SF Renovations – 22,883 SF
Engineering Disciplines Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Sustainable Design
Completion Date 2012

Additions and Renovations to Midd-West High School were conceived to accommodate 800 students. The High School was engineered and constructed to meet Green Building Council LEED Gold standards. The project team was diligent in maximizing the school district’s long-term capital investment by controlling costs and integrating durable building materials. Over the 30-year life span of the building, projections estimate that the sustainable design components will save $3,500,000 in utility costs. At the same time, the cost of construction for the school was substantially lower than the current state average.

The building was designed to reduce average yearly energy consumption by 35.8% by incorporating more insulation, high-performance windows, and a water-source heat pump mechanical system.

Glass maximizes daylighting, exterior views and a sense of spaciousness throughout the building, while automated dimming systems, roof overhangs, light shelves, translucent panels, and blade walls help control glare. Daylight illuminates 82% of educational spaces within the building, including classrooms, the library, music department, technical education and athletic facilities. All daylit areas were designed with automatic dimming controls that react to keep light levels constant as available sunlight shifts. The design of the butterfly roof directs daylighting into the core of the facility, while at the same time serving as a unique identity feature.

Additionally, the use of acoustical clouds, perforated metal deck, and sound-absorbing materials throughout assembly spaces and large group instruction areas help to generate proper sound levels for varied school activities.