Lake Mills, Wis. – On Friday, Oct. 10, Lake Mills Area School District administration, board members, and elementary school staff and students joined Miron Construction Co., Inc., Eppstein Uhen Architects and Sustainable Engineering Group LLC to celebrate the dedication and LEED v4 Beta Program participation of the new Lake Mills Elementary School. The dedication of the school took place onsite at 155 E. Pine St., Lake Mills, Wis. from 1:30—5 p.m., with special guests Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founder of U.S. Green Building Council, and Rachel Gutter, director of Center for Green Schools.
“Piloting the LEED v4 Beta Program on the elementary school is a milestone for our community and a sign of great things to come,” said Amanda Thompson, principal of Lake Mills Elementary School. “We’re proud to say that our staff has achieved 100 percent certification as Green Classroom Professionals, and we’re committed to making sustainability a part of the lifestyle—and learning style—of this school district.”
Lake Mills Elementary School is the only K-12 project of 122 projects worldwide participating in the LEED v4 Beta Program. The new building replaces the original industrial age elementary school, Prospect, built in 1954. Friday’s dedication ceremony marked 60 years to the day that Prospect Elementary was dedicated; Rick Mason, school board president and member of the first 1st grade class at Prospect, opened the 1954 time capsule at the ceremony. Current Lake Mills Elementary students will then filled a new time capsule cornerstone.
“One of Miron’s key drivers is sustainability, and we are passionate about helping our clients build green and obtain LEED certification on their facilities,” said Theresa Lehman, LEED Fellow, LEED AP-BD+C, ID+C, director of sustainable services at Miron. “It’s very rewarding to know that we’ve make a difference in enhancing the health and well-being of the staff and students of Lake Mills Elementary School through the LEED v4 Beta Program. Lake Mills Elementary School is now a healthy and high performance environment that will yield a multitude of benefits for the students, staff and community.”
In addition to the sustainable measures, this school is a transformational example of the evolution of 21st century flexible and innovative learning environments that support the evolution of teaching and learning. “Learning occurs in a collection of spaces well beyond the classroom. This design allows students to learn in a variety of spaces, indoor and outdoor, depending upon the activity,” said Senior Designer, Eric Dufek, of EUA.
The dedication ceremony was followed by a reception from 3 – 5 p.m., including tours of the new school. For more information on Miron’s involvement with the Lake Mills Area School District, visit miron-construction.com/projects/category/educational.