By Craig Schill
James S. Wilson Middle School is much greener than most buildings in the area, according to Christopher Coughlin, an architect with Hallgren, Restifo, Loop & Coughlin. The school is greener because it incorporates:
The new construction was performed to reduce energy use and emissions and serve as an educational tool for students, parents, and teachers. Portions of the new construction remain exposed to allow everyone to see "green" happening. The architects visited many other "green" schools, incorporating some of the ideas they found into the design. Funding for this project was provided by Millcreek Township taxpayers. Grant funding came from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) along with Millcreek Township. Coughlin hopes that in addition to learning about being "greener" students and parents who move away from the area spread the principles they have learned.
Goerie.com's write-up about the work done at the school includes specific monetary amounts on what was spent on the project.
Cristopher D. Coughlin
Hallgren, Restifo, Loop, & Coughlin Architects (HRLC)
4380 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16505
Phone: (814) 838-6586
Fax: (814) 838-6588
Photos courtesy of Christopher Coughlin