GREENWICH, CT, November 18, 2019 – Greenwich Country Day School’s (GCDS) Upper Elementary School (formerly “Middle School”) building project has been named the Engineering News Record (ENR) 2019 New England Region Best K-12 Education Project and was one of three finalists for the ENR Project of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the ENR Regional Awards Ceremony on December 11 in Boston, MA.
The building was designed to provide flexible and interactive learning spaces, and to maximize opportunities for energy conservation, efficiency, and production. These efforts continue GCDS’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and resulted in a building that produces nearly as much energy as it consumes. This ‘nearly Net-Zero Energy’ building is among the first for a CT school. A combination of decisions led to realizing nearly net-zero including, right-sizing the building, installing energy efficient water and HVAC systems, creating a building envelope that is highly insulating, and installing 784 solar panels. The Upper Elementary building is a learning laboratory for students for how buildings can be more comfortable, have a smaller environmental footprint, and be less expensive over the long term.
The building project was completed in 2018 and opened as the GCDS Middle School for grades 4-6. Effective with the 2019-2020 school year, the building shifted to house grades 3-5 and is now referred to as the Upper Elementary School.