Hickory Hills K-8 New School “LEED” – Springfield, Missouri
Hickory Hills K-8 School was the first school building in Southwest Missouri to pursue LEED certification – Silver Certified. The building is over 125,000 sq. ft and consists of poured-in-place concrete foundations and floors along with precast concrete and cmu/brick veneer walls. The LEED Credit Scorecard for the project contains elements from sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.
The building itself is designed to follow the contours of the existing site. Building form and materials pay homage to its agricultural heritage in a modern way with a touch of technicality. Constructed primarily of masonry and precast concrete, the durability of the building may be one of its most sustainable features- the life of this building is measured in decades, not years. The site has been designed as a whole, so that when the building and its exterior features are constructed they all work together to create a new ecosystem. A permanent wetland basin located on the northwest corner of the site controls both the quality and quantity of stormwater, using most of it onsite as opposed to piping it elsewhere.