Private schools planning campus improvements are leaning more toward being "green" and those enhancing curriculum are paying more attention to the four disciplines of STEM--science, technology, engineering and math. So, what makes Jemicy's state-of-the-art "green" science building newsworthy?
First, the school broke ground on the facility in August 2012 with an anticipated completion date of September 2013. Remarkably, the 1,500 square-foot facility, funded in part by the France-Merrick Foundation, was completed in half the time, and is now open for learning.
The 1,500 square-foot facility was completed in just six months, and is now open for learning.
From a learning perspective, the Green Science Facility on the school's Lower and Middle School campus provides Jemicy students a non-traditional learning experience complete with renewable energy, indoor and outdoor gardening, and an outdoor instructional area. Jemicy students will benefit from the multisensory learning environment, which includes water and energy saving features.
With the growing emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, Jemicy can provide its students with the most up-to-date facility that will help prepare them for the future.
Among the features of the new learning space are:
- Photovoltaic panels used for generating electricity.
- An offset gable roofline, which maximizes the southern roof exposure.
- A video monitor so students can measure the amount of electricity that is being generated by the panels.
- Windows and skylights to provide a greenhouse effect that lends well to indoor planting.
- An exterior terraced garden.
- Rainwater collection barrels that allow students to use water from the roof to water plants.
- Natural sealed concrete flooring, which will include inlaid brass letters showing true cardinal directions (N, S, E, W) to help students orient themselves to the sun.
- An entrance vestibule to help reduce heat loss/gain during class rotation.
- Low VOC paint to improve indoor air quality.
- Operable skylights and low opening windows for cross ventilation.