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Institutional By Dick Gebhart Green S Education chools are where children first see society at work. It’s where they learn how to write, solve problems, socialize, relate to others and the world around them, and it’s where they build foundations for the future. But what foundations are schools providing? Sadly, many children attending public schools in America are spending their days in inefficient and deteriorating classrooms, which can negatively affect their well-being and overall ability to learn, according to Developmental Delay Resources. The issue has become alarming as the pressure and expectations placed on young students has heightened recently. In fact, President Obama even addressed the issue of the nation’s crumbling schools during a televised appeal for his Jobs Act in October 2011. “They start leaking, and ceiling tiles start to cave in, and there’s no heat in the winter or airconditioning in the summer,” he said. “Some of the schools, the ventilation is so poor it can make students sick. How do we expect our kids to do their very best in a situation like that? The answer is we can’t. Every child deserves a great school...” Hazardous environmental conditions, including poor indoor air quality or ventilation issues and mold, are just a few of the harmful effects that may result from a structurally inept building. According to the EPA, materials such as asbestos and lead paint are sometimes found in older structures, as well. Unfortunately, heightened economic constraints have only contributed to the issues these problems create. Due to lack of funding, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) reports that many schools have cut back on janitorial support. This means floors don’t get cleaned as regularly. Additionally, the lack of or inadequate insulation causes energy inefficiency and noise pollution, which can be detrimental to a classroom learning environment, according to the Green Schoolhouse Series, a collaborative effort to build better educational institutions for students. Addressing these problems requires designing, building or upgrading schools so that they are sustainable and energy-efficient learning environments. From the preliminary design stages and initial construction to maintenance years down the road, there are many ongoing factors that contribute to a healthy school. All of these factors combined are part of the “green schools” solution. Whether looking to incorporate sustainable and energy-efficient building practices in a new structure, or update and enhance an existing structure, there are many things that can be done to create a better envi- 34 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2012
Best Practices
Construction Insurance
JC Beal Construction – Brod - erick Tower redevelopment
Harden Group
Pyramid Companies – Destiny USA
EllisDon – Yorkdale Shopping Center
HBD – Dierbags
Marous Brothers Construction
Roy Anderson Corp. – Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant
Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC – Lorton Workhouse Arts Center
Penn Builders Inc.
Turner Finch Construction – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Bouygues-Bird Joint Venture – Royal Canadian Mounted Police E Division Headquarters
Camden County Improvement Authority: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. – City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters
Kjellstrom + Lee Inc. – UVA Barry & Bill Battle Building
Hensel Phelps – High-altitude Army Aviation Training Site
Texas A&M University – Northside Residence Hall
Milton J. Womack Inc./JE Dunn JV – Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Tower and Trauma Center Expansion
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – Avalon Park Crest
Powell Construction Services LLC
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – AVA H Street
Buckingham Companies
Fortune-Johnson General Contractors
Current Builders – The Residences at Lakehouse
Forino Co.
Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC
Black Hills Corp. – Pueblo Airport Generation Station
URS Corp./Alberici Constructors Inc. – Olmsted Dam Project
APEX Block Corp.
BMW Constructors Inc.
Last Look

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