Tuttle Avenue School, Eastport, New York is LEED Gold Certified

This $25 million, 60,000-square-foot school accommodates about 450 students from kindergarten to second grade, many of whom had been attending class in portable classrooms located behind another nearby elementary school.

Originally slated to be open for the start of the 2013-14 school year, the school suffered construction setbacks due to Hurricane Sandy which drew workers and machinery away last fall, delaying the work.

The new school features about 25 classrooms and separate wings for each grade level, with the kindergarteners and first-graders downstairs, and the second-graders on the second floor. The library and cafeteria both feature walls made entirely of windows, allowing for plenty of natural light.

The building has achieved LEED gold certification for its environmentally sustainable design, including an Englert Series 2500 UltraCool Hemlock Green standing seam metal roof that is both LEED and EnergyStar compliant. The school also features geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaic solar panels.  Attached to a portion of the standing seam roof and lighting that adjusts based on the time of day and amount of sunlight entering the building. Geothermal well water return lines are used for irrigation purposes and for uses in the facility. The 60,000-square-foot school is believed to be the first school in New York to attain the gold.

The complex is heated by five geothermal wells drilled down to 160 feet, as well as by solar panels attached to an Englert UltraCool standing seam metal roof that is LEED and EneryStar compliant. The school also makes substantial use of natural light and its electronic sensors turn lights on and off in classrooms and dim lights closest to windows. One of the school's architectural highlights is a circular library-media center with high-ceilinged windows and a circular standing seam roof.

More than 21,000 square feet of 16-inch wide, 22-gauge standing seam panel was fabricated and installed by B&B Sheet Metal, Inc. of Long Island City, New York. One of the key challenges was a tapered roof with panels 40 feet long where the panel widths ran from 16 down to seven inches. Jonathan Rincon, project manager for the fabricator, B&B Sheet Metal, Inc. of Long Island City, New York, noted his team made the panels in two segments and stagger the joints of the adjacent panels. B&B hand cut the panels using its own 26 foot long computerized brake.

Wiedersum Associates Architects of Hauppauge, New York was the lead architect on the project and the Triton Construction Company, in Garden City, New York built the structure.







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