HILLSBORO, Ore. – The 600-student K-6 Rosedale Elementary School achieved LEED Gold certification in March, making it the first LEED-certified school in the Hillsboro School District.
School officials and architects placed a strong emphasis on using local and recycled building materials in the design and construction of the school. During the building process, 91 percent of the waste generated during construction was recycled and 32 percent of materials were locally sourced, including concrete, brick, tile, stone, pavers and drywall.
Efficient irrigation and water systems help Rosedale Elementary use about 30 percent less water than a typical school. A 25,000-gallon underground cistern at the school captures rainwater from the roof, reducing run-off to nearby streams. The cistern is expected to provide approximately 300,000 gallons of reusable rainwater each year, accounting for 34 percent of the total water used for irrigating the school’s grounds.
Landscaping includes native regional plants and a drought-tolerant hybrid fescue grass seed blend on the school’s playing fields, resulting in 50 percent water reduction when compared to conventional landscapes. Additionally, Rosedale Elementary features a radiant heating system and high-performance windows designed to take advantage of natural day lighting.
Mahlum Architects, with offices in Seattle and Portland, provided architectural services for the project while Robinson Construction Co., headquartered in Hillsboro, Ore., provided construction services.