The design of the Pleasant Ridge School delivers many firsts. As the first school in Ohio seeking LEED certification, the building’s green environment delivers utility savings while doubling as a learning tool for students. The new school led to another first for the district: a 64 percent increase in enrollment when the building opened this fall.
Key features include:
- An underfloor HVAC system providing heating and cooling where the Montessori students mostly work — on the floor.
- North- and south-facing windows and sloped ceilings in the classrooms providing an optimal amount of natural daylight.
- A large window from the corridor looking into the mechanical room and a monitoring system allows students and teachers to observe the school’s energy use.
- The white roof, which reflects sunlight, reducing heat absorption.