As part of the government initiative of Escuelas de Primera which goal was to modernize or build new 21st century schools in the island, V Architecture teamed with local contractor SMPC, LLC, itself a joint venture of Desarrollos Metropolitanos and Nogama Construction, as Design Builders to design and build this one of kind vocational high school focused on agricultural technology in a previously undeveloped site in Corozal, PR. The school architectural design and careful site adaptation led to a Gold Certified level on the LEED for Schools 2009 rating system. Energy and environmental conservation approach in sustainable site, water and energy efficiency and materials and resources with high recycled content and the use of natural daylight and the quality of views for indoor environmental quality provided strategies for a comfortable environment for the occupants without the use of air conditioning.
Programmatically the new vocational school used the vegetated roof at the second level as an outdoor laboratory for agricultural experimentation allowing students to have their own plot of land on which to carry out the lessons learned in the classroom. The architectural program also stressed the concept of flexibility and integration in the context of having a tight footprint within a large mostly agricultural site but still preserve the essence of academic community.