SISD Builds 'Green' School


POSTED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 7:43pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 7:05pm

SOCORRO - Kids in Socorro Independent School District will soon experience a first for the area.
SISD is building a highly energy efficient school.
The school will be a LEED Gold Certified school, which stands for Leadership Energy Environmental Design.
They'll use primarly recycled and local materials, as well as ensure the building is energy efficient.

Right now it doesn't look like much, but soon it will be 35 acres of a combined elementary and middle school campus that will qualify for national recognition. It's going to be the first highly energy efficient school in Socorro Independent School District.

"Which means that it's incorporating green features such as utilizing natural daylight, utilizing loical materials so there's not a lot of oil or fuel involved," said SISD spokesperson Daniel Escobar.

But the efficiency isn't just relocated to when the school is open, they start being 'green' from the beginning.

"During construction our goal is to recycle approximately 90 percent of the waste we generally gather on a construction site," said Sundt Construction manager Kevin Almquist.

The school will sit on 35 acres and cost 35 million dollars, money that was allocated in a bond election in 2011.

"Not only is it edcuation for the kids, but for the community as well because this is going to be a LEED certified project and with that in mind it becomes an example for others to follow in terms of sustainable energy and energy efficiency," Almquist said.

The school is scheduled to be complete next summer and be open for classes fall of 2013

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