Neenah, Wis. – The new Lake Mills Elementary School, the only K-12 school in the LEED v4 beta pilot program, is taking its commitment to sustainability one step further. One hundred percent of the elementary school’s staff/teachers will be Green Classroom Professional (GCP) certified by September 28, 2013, in honor of the national Green Apple Day of Service.
Miron Construction Co., Inc. and Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), the design-build team for the new Lake Mills Elementary School, hosted an in-service day for the staff and teachers to complete their GCP online training and presented about the various sustainable features that will enable the school to serve as an environmental education “teaching tool.” Construction is expected to be completed by the start of the 2014-15 school year.
Theresa Lehman, director of sustainable services with Miron, and Teresa Wadzinski, project manager with EUA, led a discussion regarding how the Lake Mill’s educational mission was translated into the design and construction of the new school and how LEED requirements have been integrated into the project to meet the sustainable goals set forth by the Lake Mills Area School District. Following the presentation and online training, Jay Kuhlman, site superintendent for Miron, along with Dean Sanders, Lake Mills Area School District Administrator, led the teachers and staff on a jobsite tour and treated them to an appreciation luncheon.
Over the course of the next year, staff and teachers will design and incorporate a minimum of 10 hours of environmental education into their classroom curriculum, exploring the relationship between human ecology, natural ecology and the high-performance features of the new building, meeting the requirements of the LEED Innovation Credit: Using the School as a Teaching Tool.
The Lake Mills Area School District understands the importance of environmental education and how it is connected to their mission: “By providing an outstanding education, the Lake Mills Area School District inspires our students to be responsible citizens with integrity and life-long learners in an ever-changing world”. Lake Mills Middle School, completed in 2010, received LEED Platinum certification and was named the 2011 World’s Greenest School by the Center for Green Schools and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
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Miron Construction Co., Inc. was recently ranked as the largest Wisconsin-based contractor performing work in the Midwest by ENR Midwest. A forward-thinking, fast-growing private company completing work throughout the nation, Miron is listed 118th among all general contractors in the United States by Engineering News Record (based on revenue figures for 2012). Miron provides innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, industrial and general construction services and is headquartered in Neenah, Wis., with regional offices in Madison, Wausau and Milwaukee, Wis., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Negaunee, Mich., and Virginia, Minn. Miron is also the Official Provider of Construction Services for the Green Bay Packers and Lambeau Field.