LEED BD+C: Schools v3 - LEED 2009
LEED Silver 2015
PDO School, Muscat is the first LEED certified school building in the Sultanate of Oman built in 2015. The school’s mission is to help foster children’s passion for learning.
The school provides high quality education for all PDO staff’s children between the ages of 3 and 11. The school building incorporates many sustainable green building features in design and construction while also addressing local culture.
There are 24 classrooms and other supporting facilities, such as:
- the state-of-the-art Multipurpose Hall
- two swimming pools, including a kids’ pool
- learning souk
- music room
- IT/computers room with high-speed network facilities
- synthetic turf sports field with flood lights
- food court
- administrative rooms/facilities for both teaching and non-teaching staff.
There are two floors and divided into KG and Primary/Administrative Blocks with around 130,000 square feet of floor space. The school building can accommodate 600-plus students and 40-plus teaching/non-teaching staff currently with a provision to expand further to 600 students in future development.
In addition to LEED Silver level certification with 59 points, the PDO School has received many Green/Sustainability awards including the Oman Green Award in 2013, Dossier Green Building Award in 2015 and Oman Contractors Forum Award in 2016.
The PDO School building development team worked with the school staff and facilities team early in the design stage to obtain stakeholder feedback and their vision for a sustainable school building as a ‘teaching tool’ for growing children’s environment and sustainability awareness in developing a sustainable curriculum.
Energy and water measurement devices are provided for various building services so that children can read the meters and do data analysis. Waste recycle bins are provided at various locations and children can monitor waste generation, collection and recycling activities. The building’s orientation allows natural daylight in classrooms and helps children learn the importance of natural lighting for energy saving and comfort. Children also can learn adidtional advanced technology by observing occupant sensors, lighting controls, AC control features and more that are in the building.