Valley View Middle School

Targeting the Living Building Challenge, the campus is designed to be the most sustainable public middle school in the country.  The first strategy in attaining net zero was to reduce the energy demand.  The building systems have been modeled to achieve 22EUI (kbtu/sf/year), without  any photovoltaic offset, which is about 1/3 of the average Washington State middle school currently operating and less than 50% of current code.

This is accomplished with increased roof and wall insulation and triple-pane insulated glazing as well as utilizing 90% efficient air to air heat exchangers and low velocity displacement air delivery is provided in all teaching spaces.  Efficiently designed north-facing teaching spaces provide adequate natural lighting throughout the school-year, further reducing artificial lighting energy demand.  The campus is also designed to accept a 900 kW roof-top solar array.

Roof rainwater is collected and stored throughout the year for toilet-flush use.  Water collection and energy use are tracked and monitored live on smart-boards and public interactive kiosks via in-classroom software to encourage educational competition among classroom communities.

"We appreciate Dykeman’s approach to provide innovative sustainable practices and the necessary analysis for the District to make decisions consistent with their sustainability goals. Dykeman Architects have been good listeners, fostering collaboration with the staff, administration and the project management team and adopting the District goals as their own. It truly has been a team effort."

Ralph W. Rohwer, Project Manager, HEERY