The renovation of Belén Blanco de Zequeira Middle School of Loíza, Puerto Rico focused both tear down, renovation and new construction. Eight (8) of the existing school’s structures were demolished, one structure was renovated and new facilities were designed and built using a Design/Build contract. The school facilities have approximately 60,000 gross square feet distributed along nine (9) main buildings of one level each. This includes 48,460 net square feet of new construction, 7,000 square feet of the existing historical building, and 4,505 square feet of the existing Basketball Court.
LEED implementation items include an energy efficient lighting system that will, as a minimum, comply with the maximum allowable lighting power density requirement as stated in ASHRAE 90.1., Energy Star rated ceiling fans, standardization of construction methods and volume buying to optimize use of materials and savings. Re-use of materials include the recycling of demolished concrete throughout the site.