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LEED BD+C: Schools v3 - LEED 2009

Edward M. Felegy Elementary School

6110 Editors Park Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20782
United States

LEED Gold 2017

The new 92,000 square foot Edward M. Felegy Elementary School represented an opportunity to be a neighborhood anchor for an urban, multicultural community. Smaller learning communities are formed by the design, eliciting a sense of comfort and pride for the young students. The school’s bright and colorful interiors celebrate individual identities within the school, and inviting entrances welcome the community. Sharing a site with the adjacent middle school, the new school houses approximately 800 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The Maryland High Performance Program required LEED Silver, but the school achieved Gold certification under LEED for Schools 2009. Innovative and efficient systems, combined with light-filled learning spaces support the curriculum of the school and provide a community-based asset that reinforces the County’s commitment to sustainable design. The sustainable features offer constant learning opportunities for the students, such as outdoor laboratories and classrooms, allowing learning to take place outside the walls of the school. The design engages the site, connecting with the surrounding nature.

Sustainable strategies include the following:

  • Site
  • Urban environment - walking distance to amenities and basic services
  • Walking distance to Prince George’s Plaza DC metro stop
  • 56 percent of site is open space with outdoor learning environments
  • 100 percent of roof is a vegetated green roof or reflective
  • Bike racks and preferred parking for carpools is provided
  • Stormwater management for quantity and quality with bioswales
  • Site lighting minimizes trespass into night sky
  • Pollution reduced from construction activities


  • 32 percent modeled water use reduction with waterless urinals and low-flow toilets
  • Water efficient landscaping and no irrigation


  • 19 percent energy cost savings (68 percent cooling costs reduction / 38 percent lighting reduction)
  • Active and passive systems: chilled beams, geothermal, exterior sunshades
  • 35 percent of electric energy is green power
  • Commissioning verified systems operate as designed
  • Fundamental refrigerant management reduces ozone depletion


  • 95 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills
  • 20 percent recycled materials installed
  • 34 percent regional materials installed
  • 58 percent sustainably sourced (FSC) wood products

Indoor Environment

  • 91 percent of classrooms have access to daylight
  • 92 percent of spaces have access to views
  • 85-100 percent of spaces have access to lighting and thermal controls
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ) performance standards met
  • Acoustical performance for all core learning spaces
  • IAQ management plan was followed during construction
  • Low-emitting materials to reduce indoor contaminants
  • Low mercury lighting to reduce toxic materials in the building
  • Thermal comfort survey ensures staff and students are comfortable
  • Green housekeeping policy keeps the school free of contaminants

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Project details
92,414 sf
4 Oct 2017
Data Reporting
Energy Update
Water Update
Transportation Update
Waste Update
Human Experience Update

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