Da Vinci Arts Middle School will get Portland Public Schools’ first LEED platinum building
Portland Public Schools plans to start work this fall on its first “high performance” classroom – a prototype net-zero energy building that could eventually replace the district’s portable classrooms.
Da Vinci Arts Middle School in Northeast Portland has secured more than $770,000 to build a sustainable stand-alone classroom addition to house its music program, which currently occupies a portable trailer. The 1,500-square-foot space would be built to LEED platinum standards with the goal of generating all of its own electricity on site.
When it’s complete, the Da Vinci addition would be the first LEED platinum-rated public school in Portland and perhaps in the nation, according to the Portland Office of Sustainable Development.
“I see schools turning to these mobile units, and they’re not always healthy or energy efficient; they’re chosen for the low cost,” said Alisa Kane, a green building coordinator with OSD. “If (PPS) can be the first out of the gate with a new portable classroom model, I could see it have a widespread use across the country.” [Read full article]
By Libby Tucker,