Porcupine Elementary School
LEED® Certified Silver
This building is one of the finest elementary schools in western South Dakota. The modern learning facility is designed to serve a student population of 300 students and is programmed to facilitate and support multi-grade learning units. Additionally, new program space includes educational, administrative and support spaces, gymnasium with a special bamboo (rapidly-renewable resource) playing surface, locker rooms, food services, media center, special education facilities, and support for science, art, and music.
It is modern in two ways: the way it functions with students, and in the environmentally responsible way it was designed and built. The building itself is LEED® Certified at a Silver level. This means it was awarded for following stringent building practices and operates in an energy efficient manner. At the heart of the building lies a complete geothermal heating and cooling system to efficiently condition the building. 25 percent of the building materials were regionally extracted/manufactured and 28 percent of the material was recycled content. The Construction Waste Program implemented by Scull diverted 80.33 percent of the waste from the landfill by either re-use or recycling.
*LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design