The Northland Pines School District (NPSD) in Eagle River, WI is the proud owner of the first LEED® Certified School in the Badger State. The school district, located in the state’s North Woods region, turned to Hoffman, LLC (Appleton, WI) for its extensive experience in designing and constructing sustainable schools in cold climates. Hoffman provides fully integrated planning, architectural design, and construction management services using a D-B approach.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.