A. Montoya Elementary

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A. Montoya Elementary School

The new A. Montoya Elementary School is a $2.8 million facility that includes a state-of-the-art computer lab and gave the School its first major upgrade since it opened in 1991. The building’s location also bridges a geographic gap between A. Montoya and Roosevelt Middle School, which have been combined into a single kindergarten through eighth grade school on the same campus. What goes on inside the kindergarten and pre-school addition at A. Montoya Elementary extends beyond reading and math. Students also learn through cooking, citizenship and environmental awareness. The School serves as a real-world example of how teachers can educate students about protecting the environment. Green Ideas integrated several sustainable strategies into the design, development and construction of the project, allowing the Elementary School to earn LEED Silver
level certification.

Sustainable Strategies

  • Two-year renewable energy purchase agreement provides 75,505 kWh of green power per year

  • Low VOC-emitting materials for the building’s interior creates enhanced Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Occupancy sensors and permanent monitoring systems were installed to minimize energy use

  • Building materials with high-recycled content were sourced from local vendors

  • Low-flow fixtures reduce domestic water use

  • High-performance, reflective roofing system reduces the Urban Heat Island Effect

  • Wood products used in the project were harvested from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests

Project Results

  • LEED for Schools SILVER level achieved

  • 29% energy cost savings above ASHRAE 90.1-2004 energy standard

  • 60% savings in potable water used for irrigation

  • 45% reduction in potable water for domestic use

  • 86% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill


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