Sidwell Friends Middle School
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The Sidwell Friends Middle School Greenroof;  The solar chimneys, green roof, and container garden shown in this picture provide examples of responsible energy use. Photo Source: AIA/COTE 2007, Copyright Barry HalkinProject Name: Sidwell Friends Middle School
Year: 2006
Owner: Sidwell Friends School
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 7000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1.5%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment
Submitted by: John Shepley

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Plant Supplier: Green Roof Plants/Emory Knoll Farms
Landscape Architects: Andropogon Associates
Architect: KieranTimberlake Associates
Landscape Architecture: Andropogon Associates
Completed in September, 2006, the Sidwell Friends Middle School is the recipient of the 2007 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award. It received U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.2/v.2.1 Platinum level with 57 points. It is the first secondary school in the United States to have a LEED Platinum rating and the first LEED Platinum building in the District of Columbia. The AIA write up (See link below) states, "The master plan for the Sidwell Friends School, a pre-K through 12th-grade Quaker independent school, focuses on meeting programmatic needs for its two campuses in Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Maryland, including the unification of the campuses through coherent landscapes and enhanced pedestrian circulation."

There are four major components of the Middle School building that reflect their commitment to environmental stewardship: Water Management, which includes the greenroof; Energy Efficiency; Building Materials; and Indoor Air Quality.
The Sidwell Friends Middle School website (see below) states, "Green roof vegetation holds and filters rainwater; gutters and downspouts direct rainwater to a biology pond, which supports native habitat. Herbs grown by students on the green roof are supplied to the cafeteria." The planted roof has solar chimneys and photovoltaic panels.

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Download the PDF "Transforming Sidwell Friends Middle School - Building designed to earn a LEED Platinum rating" here. Read the entire case study from the AIA here, and see the profile from the architect, KieranTimberlake Associates, here. Visit the Sidwell Friends Middle School website here. To schedule a tour of the Middle School Green Building, please email greenbuilding@sidwell.edu. Sidwell Friends Middle School is located at 3825 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C.
 
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