Kennedy Community School

St. Joseph, MN

The Kennedy Community School is a 138,000-square-foot, PK-8 school that received Gold LEED certification. Designed to accommodate the needs of 750 students, this building incorporates a geothermal heating and cooling system, wind and solar electricity generators, light sensors and motion detectors, energy efficient lighting, solar tubes for hall lighting, daylighting with light shelves, rain gardens, native prairie grasses, rain sensors, low volume plumbing fixtures, recycled materials, and more. Designed to earn the Energy Star rating from the U. S. Government, this building was constructed to operate using 49 percent less energy than a typical school building of the same size.

Selected Minnesota Construction Association 2009 Green/Sustainable Project of the Year.