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Pine Jog Elementary & FAU EEC

West Palm Beach, FL

The School District of Palm Beach County and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) have pioneered a new direction for high performance schools in Florida. Their respective missions are to inspire and excite Palm Beach county children and residents in the science and art of restoring the natural landscape and promoting our role as responsible citizens in safeguarding the planet’s natural resources.

Collectively, the partners have integrated the curriculum by combining both traditional and built environmental education to provide a comprehensive program of ecological awareness and stewardship. The entire 150-acre parcel serves as an outdoor classroom and the two adjacent facilities share numerous sites, building system synergies and design features.

FAU offers built environmental education courses through its College of Education using both facilities as student teaching sites. The intention was to enrich both the FAU College of Education and Pine Jog K-5 curricula while training teachers who can intern in the Pine Jog facilities and relocate to other schools and districts, carrying the message of high performance schools, green building and environmental stewardship to other children around the country.

Pine Jog Elementary was the first LEED Gold certified public school in the state of Florida.

This partnership provides ongoing environmental stewardship of the Pine Jog Nature Preserve. The site education curriculum utilizes the entire preserve with designed learning places in and around the structures that bring the outdoors inside and vice versa. These opportunities include butterfly gardens, water re-use demonstration areas, understanding solar paths and energy through the creation of an interactive sun dial area and “Solar Plaza”, mitigation/restoration areas for older students to create themselves, and biological life cycle study areas of slash pines, gopher tortoises, native grasses, insects, lizards, and other native amphibians.

Sustainability: LEED Gold Certified

Awards: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council 2011 Special Citation for Integrated Design Process; Associated Builders & Contractors Association 2010 Green Building of the Year; 2009 AIA Miami Award of Excellence; Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards 2009 School Finalist; FEFPA 2009 Architectural Showcase First Place Award; Best of 2009 Judges Award Southeast Construction; Best Green Building Award Southeast Construction; 2009 Gold Citation Educational Interiors Showcase American School & University; SDPBC Foundation of Excellence 2008 Outstanding New Construction Project; DesignShare 2008 Recognized Value Award; Green Building of America Award 2008 Real Estate & Construction Review; Learning by Design 2008 Citation of Excellence Award

Services: Master Planning, Programming, 21st Century School Design, Architecture, Interior Design, LEED Design & Certification, Construction Administration

 

The School District of Palm Beach County and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) have pioneered a new direction for high performance schools in Florida. Their respective missions are to inspire and excite Palm Beach county children and residents in the science and art of restoring the natural landscape and promoting our role as responsible citizens in safeguarding the planet’s natural resources.

Collectively, the partners have integrated the curriculum by combining both traditional and built environmental education to provide a comprehensive program of ecological awareness and stewardship. The entire 150-acre parcel serves as an outdoor classroom and the two adjacent facilities share numerous sites, building system synergies and design features.

FAU offers built environmental education courses through its College of Education using both facilities as student teaching sites. The intention was to enrich both the FAU College of Education and Pine Jog K-5 curricula while training teachers who can intern in the Pine Jog facilities and relocate to other schools and districts, carrying the message of high performance schools, green building and environmental stewardship to other children around the country.

Pine Jog Elementary was the first LEED Gold certified public school in the state of Florida.

This partnership provides ongoing environmental stewardship of the Pine Jog Nature Preserve. The site education curriculum utilizes the entire preserve with designed learning places in and around the structures that bring the outdoors inside and vice versa. These opportunities include butterfly gardens, water re-use demonstration areas, understanding solar paths and energy through the creation of an interactive sun dial area and “Solar Plaza”, mitigation/restoration areas for older students to create themselves, and biological life cycle study areas of slash pines, gopher tortoises, native grasses, insects, lizards, and other native amphibians.

Sustainability: LEED Gold Certified

Awards: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council 2011 Special Citation for Integrated Design Process; Associated Builders & Contractors Association 2010 Green Building of the Year; 2009 AIA Miami Award of Excellence; Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards 2009 School Finalist; FEFPA 2009 Architectural Showcase First Place Award; Best of 2009 Judges Award Southeast Construction; Best Green Building Award Southeast Construction; 2009 Gold Citation Educational Interiors Showcase American School & University; SDPBC Foundation of Excellence 2008 Outstanding New Construction Project; DesignShare 2008 Recognized Value Award; Green Building of America Award 2008 Real Estate & Construction Review; Learning by Design 2008 Citation of Excellence Award

Services: Master Planning, Programming, 21st Century School Design, Architecture, Interior Design, LEED Design & Certification, Construction Administration