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Helen M. Knight
Helen M. Knight Construction Photos
Photos of the new school construction will be periodically updated
Vocational School
High School Vocational Construction Photos
Photos of the new school construction will be periodically updated

Green Technology in our new schools.

The Grand County School District voiced their desire to design sustainable schools before the design architect was hired. Through a series of community workshops they decided to establish challenging but possible goals in energy consumption. A LEED® Certified building was debated, with the consensus being to focus on sustainable principles outlined in LEED® for Schools, but to not spend the money it would take to achieve official LEED® certification, but still achieve the energy efficient design goals of the District.

Regionally Appropriate Design.

The intent of the Grand County School District and the design team is that the new schools are appropriately designed for the Moab region. The desire for the buildings was to feel right in their setting without copying the Sante Fe style or appearing contrived.
The general design concept was to create shelter from the harsh desert environment. The climate in Moab, Utah is both very hot and very cold. In the heats one seeks shelter for shade, in the cold to conserve warmth. The entrance canopies create welcomed desert shelter. The color palette for the buildings was derived from natural colors in the Moab valley, and is used for masonry, stucco, flooring and millwork selections for the project. All materials have been selected for maintenance and durability as well as color and finish.

 
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