Quaker Hill Elementary School
Renovations & Addition

Waterford, CT

BVH completed civil, site utility, structural, and technology design for a new 56,000-SF addition, which includes a new gymnasium, cafeteria, offices, classrooms, break out rooms, bathrooms, atrium and a second floor courtyard. Salvaging as much as possible from the original building built in 1915, BVH's design work on the 15,000-SF renovation included replacing all of the outdated MEP systems with new systems.

The Quaker Hill Elementary School project is the first public school in Connecticut to seek LEED for Schools certification. It was constructed with optimal energy-efficiency and environmental controls. The expansive geothermal system, drawing energy for heating and cooling from deep in the ground, delivers constant 55 degree temperature water for heating and cooling. This system is a closed loop with 90 wells, producing 200 tons of cooling. By employing this technology, several major HVAC components, such as a chiller, cooling tower, and additional boiler, were eliminated and demand for other energy sources was reduced by 35%. The project received a "Going Green" Award from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education in 2008.
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