1926 School Gets Green Makeover

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burton-detail.jpgThe Burton Elementary and Middle School (circa 1926) in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been renovated in such a way that many original details (like the tilework shown here) have been restored, yet the school now has a modern flair. Green building strategies were employed to create an efficient and pleasant facility.

The building has been designed to allow natural daylight to fill much of the building. A green roof is covered in plants, a greywater system to capture rain is in place to provide water for flushing toilets, and original terra cotta tiles now decorate drinking fountains.

The newly renovated building will welcome back students on September 2nd. Many schools around the country are building or renovating in an eco-conscious way, not only for the sake of the environment, but for the added benefits of energy and water efficiencies that provide lower maintenance and operating costs.

Photo of historic elements at the school by Katie Barnes.

Tag(s): For Kids, Going Green, Green Building

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