New Whitmore Lake High School
TMP Architecture, Inc.; Mitchell & Mouat Architects, Inc.
Green Project of Distinction Winner 2008 Green Education Design Showcase

Project Fact Sheet
Facility Use: K-12 High
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Green Design
Location: Whitmore Lake, MI
District/Inst.: Whitmore Lake Public Schools
   Kimberly Hart Superintendent
Completion Date: August 2006
Design Capacity: 500 students
Enrollment: 410 students
Gross Area: 155,264 sq.ft.
Space per pupil: 311 sq.ft.
Site size: 82 acres
Cost per student: $72,421
Cost per sq.ft.: $233.00
Total project cost: $36,210,500
Building construction cost: $22,971,400
Site development cost: $5,675,000
Furniture & equipment cost: $1,125,000
Fees and other: $5,659,620
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New Whitmore Lake High School

This new comprehensive high school is a point of pride for community members, students and staff.  The 155,264 square foot school is organized to realize the District's vision of educational delivery, featuring four "academic houses."  Centrally located commons areas are brightly lit with natural light and a quiet mechanical system delivers optimum air quality.  Low VOC materials were used in construction and in ongoing building maintenance.

The design theme of efficiency was achieved through flexibility and multi-purpose spaces.  Shared science labs and a flexible cafeteria that can combine with an auditorium are two examples. 

The energy-efficient building design includes a horizontal loop geothermal heating and cooling system.  The District realized that including the system would provide ‘payback’ after only seven years, but had trouble justifying the premium on the initial construction cost.  The design team implemented several strategies to keep the system, including an efficient floor plan. 

Beyond inclusion of the geothermal heating and cooling system, the design team was challenged with three existing historic farm buildings on site.  Conservation was the key to success: the structures were sold and moved a 1/2-mile down the road, while contractors used the existing rubble foundations for boulder retaining walls for the new school.

Project Description:
1) Control of Institution: Public
2) Type of Institution: Traditional
5) Joint/Shared Use: Designed as a Joint Use Facility
6) Community: Designed for Community Functions


Methodology & Standards:
District/Institution Decision; First-Cost; Prototype Design

Funding Method(s):
Primary Source: Primary Source: Revenue Bonds

Project Delivery Method(s):
CM At-Risk

Sustainable/Green Design:
Principles Followed: LEED
Certifications Obtained: LEED Silver
Site Selection and Development: Stormwater Management; Heat Island Reduction
Water Conservation: Water Conservation
Energy Efficiency and Conservation: Energy Efficiency; Building Automation/Energy Management Systems
Materials Use: Recycling/Reuse
Indoor Environmental Quality: Use of Daylighting; Electric Lighting Systems/Controls; Acoustics; Indoor Air Quality
Teaching Tool: Building as a Teaching Tool
Commissioning: Building/systems have been commissioned


Associated Firms and Consultants:
Educational Planning: TMP Associates, Inc. (John Castellana, FAIA, REFP )
Interior Design: TMP Associates, Inc. (C. Drew Pennington, ASID )
Landscape Architecture: Beckett & Raeder, Inc. (John Beckett )
Construction/Project Management: Barton Malow Construction Co. (Arlene Samuel, LEED AP )
Structural Engineer: TMP Associates, Inc. (Ranjit Nandwana, PE )
Electrical Engineer: Peter Basso Associates, Inc. (Kevin Rettich, PE )
Mechanical Engineer: Peter Basso Associates, Inc. (Bob Roop, CIPE, CPD )
Civil Engineer: Beckett & Raeder, Inc. (John Beckett )
Acoustical Consultant: Boner Associates, Inc. (BAI) (Richard Boner )
Technology Consultant: Barton Malow Construction Co. (Paul Twigg )
Theater Consultant: Great Lakes Theater Consulting (Bill Ebeling )
Food Service/Kitchen Consultant: E.F. Whitney, Inc. (Ed Whitney )
Cost Consultant: Barton Malow Construction Co. (Julie Farthing )
Other: Counsilman Hunsaker & Associates - Pool / Aquatics (Steve Crocker )

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