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New elementary school to earn LEED certification thanks to SPSU

An elementary school being built on the site of a former shopping center in Smyrna and projected to open in Fall 2013 will be LEED certified at practically no cost to the Cobb County School District thanks to a partnership with SPSU.

To accomplish this, Doug Shepard, chief administrative officer of the special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) for the school district, and Daphne Griffin, SPLOST program manager, are working with SPSU students and members of SPSU’s International Knowledge and Research Center for Green Building (IKRC).

Though the school will cost $22 million to build, the costs involved in LEED certification, which requires application and significant documentation, will be offset by the pro bono work of SPSU students on the project.

Eight students from a special topic course in Sustainable Operations and Maintenance taught by Dr. John Mench, a senior lecturer in the Construction Management Department, will apply the LEED Scorecard for New Construction to the design, construction and commissioning of the school during the fall and subsequent semesters in order to identify, document and upload certification scoring data.

LEED certification covers five areas: the site, the use of water, energy and materials in the structure, and indoor air quality.

The two-story elementary school being built at the corner of Windy Hill and Atlanta roads will serve kindergarten through fifth-grade students.