Gila Ridge High School

Gila Ridge is a 274,000 square foot high school completed in 2007. Located in the Yuma Unified High School District. Funding totaled $4.5 million. The site layout of the school works very well with the hot desert climate of the area.

Green Features include:

  • Utilized new technology to prevent outdoor light pollution
  • Accent lighting designed with time clocks to shut off lighting after hours
  • Computer room receptacles for computers and monitors designed with manual shut off controls to allow for nightly shut down
  • Vendor, Arizona School Furniture, recycled cardboard
  • Two “breezeway” corridors linking music rooms with the auditorium and dressing room with gymnasiums buffer cooling losses from fully air conditioned spaces
Results achieved include:
Water Efficiency: Urinals have flush sensors that are battery operated.
Energy Efficiency: Lighting in the gymnasiums I controlled by occupancy sensors and has three different circuits to permit manual 30% to 70% reduction in lighting levels.
Materials and Resources: The carpet has recycled content and is totally recyclable.
Indoor Air Quality: All entrances to classroom buildings have a six-foot walk off carpet.
Sustainable sites: The football field is used jointly with the Community College and the auditorium is shared with the community.
Innovation: Student circulation and outdoor seating is on the North side of 2 story building to take advantage of shade.
Savings: New school, as of the time of this report the savings have not been calculated.
Benefits: We are certain the green projects included in the design and operation of this school will improve the overall efficiency of the campus.

Advice:
Building orientation is the single most important step in the design process. 
Placing 90% of the windows to the North or South so that direct heat gain and glare can be controlled is so simple and if done early absolutely free.

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