LEED BD+C: Schools v3 - LEED 2009
Bay Path Regional Vocational Tech HS
LEED Silver 2016
Originally constructed in 1971, Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School serves 1,100 students from 10 communities in Massachusetts. The original 198,000-square-foot facility, located on a tight site atop a hill, was overcrowded and many academic and shop classrooms did not meet state size standards.
In 2015, Bay Path completed a major addition and renovation project to address the facility needs. The project included a new 50,000-square-foot addition, which houses new science labs, a new media center and administrative offices. The remaining 198,000 square feet was renovated to meet local, state and federal codes as well as enlarging classrooms and shop areas to meet state standards; repair exterior masonry; replace inefficient windows and doors; upgrade its HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems; and remove hazardous materials.
LEED® certification was pursued to illustrate the commitment of the 10 district communities to energy efficiency and sustainable design. However, sustainable design in a vocational school can be a challenge, since many shop areas may have specialized machinery and equipment and few windows, reducing opportunities for efficiencies. The project maximized achievable sustainable design features to earn a LEED Silver certification.
As part of the renovation, more than 95 percent of the existing building was reused, including the walls, floors and roof. Skylights and new windows brought natural daylight into the building, and low VOC paints and finishes further brightened interiors spaces while simultaneously improving indoor air quality. The roof was replaced with an Energy STAR certified white membrane. Additional sustainable strategies include use of materials made of recycled content and use of wood materials, which were Forest Stewardship Council certified. The site is made up of more than 85 percent open space, all of which is vegetated with water efficient landscaping and native plants.
In addition, Bay Path has introduced sustainable design and energy into the curriculum with courses, such as Introduction to Sustainable Land Use; Water Quality; Energy: Electricity and Generators; and Levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).