Neenah, Wis. – Theresa Lehman, director of sustainable services, and Greg Douglas, vice president of design-build services, for Miron Construction Co., Inc. will present “Mission Impossible: Using Inside Out Design and Integrating LEED v4 to Economically Create High-Performance, Healthy & Flexible Learning Environments” at the Green Schools National Conference on March 28 in Sacramento, Calif. Lehman, Douglas and their team will discuss LEED v4 principles and practices, including how they integrated the new LEED v4 requirements into EUA’s design principles of successful schools at no additional cost to the Lake Mills School District’s approved referendum.
“Not only does sustainability make financial sense in terms of operational and maintenance costs for the district, but it is also a direct contributor to providing students with a high-performance, hands-on learning environment that will serve as a teaching tool and improve student engagement and learning outcomes,” Lehman said. “Many studies have shown that green schools see benefits such as decreased absenteeism, improved teacher retention, decreased operational costs and increased test scores.”
Lehman, a LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C and member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) faculty and Douglas, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, will present alongside Teresa Wadzinski, CDT, project manager with Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), Megan Walker, LEED ID+C, campus planner/educational planner/interior designer at EUA, and Lake Mills Area School District Administrator, Dean Sanders. Based on the group’s involvement with the Lake Mills Area School District, the only K-12 school in the LEED v4 beta pilot program, Lehman and her colleagues will speak about new certification requirements and how those changes were applied to the Lake Mills Elementary School design-build project.
“It is critical that we share how our team focused on the district’s drivers and goals, which went above and beyond sustainability concerns,” Douglas said. “Every decision that the project team made was a value-add and supported the district’s goals. Sustainability directly supports the Lake Mills Area School District’s mission of inspiring its students to be life-long learners and responsible citizens with integrity.”