Monroe Central High SchoolSwitzerland, Ohio
U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver
Monroe Central High School opened in October of 2012. Prior to the first day of classes in the new facility, classes were held in temporary structures since the inception of the school in 1994. Both the district and the design team were dedicated to provide a place for the students to learn, grow and remember.
The building parti includes a courtyard as well as dedicated wings for academic classes, arts and technology and physical education/assembly spaces. The orientation of the academic classroom wing and the courtyard allows for the use of natural daylighting as a means to light the spaces.
The window design, use of daylighting of academic spaces, and site placement of academic wings reduces the need for artificial lighting, as well as a reduction in the cooling load and mechanical unit size.
The reduction of energy consumption, the use of recycled materials, a high performance building envelope, and the use of geothermal systems allowed the sustainable building to exceed the minimum standards established by United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for a Silver Certified LEED Building.
The facility shares a site with a new PK-8 facility providing a campus for students from Pre-K through High School. While each building has its own identity and place, the two buildings provide a continuous place for learning.