Kent Denver School's campus is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation, with the creation of more than 100,000 square feet of new and renovated learning spaces in just the last three years. Along with designing cutting-edge facilities for teaching and learning, Kent Denver's board of trustees has also identified sustainability as a key goal for all new construction.
The Middle School recently celebrated receiving US Green Building Council's LEED-Platinum certification for its new building, which opened in March 2018. Only three other school buildings in Colorado have achieved LEED-Platinum status, including Kent Denver's Schaden Dining Hall.
To qualify for LEED Platinum, the Middle School building was required to provide an exceptionally healthy indoor environment, made possible by the use of low-VOC paints, carpeting and other finish materials throughout the facility. All construction materials were selected for sustainability, using as much recycled and locally-sourced material as possible. Energy efficiency is also a key requirement for LEED Platinum certification. Solar panels on the Middle School roof are generating about 73% of building's electrical energy, and all HVAC and water systems have been designed for maximum efficiency.
The Bruce McGrath Welcome Center and Upper School North classroom building, which opened in 2019, has also been submitted to the USGBC for LEED-Platinum certification.
Learn more about our evolving campus and learning spaces by visiting www.kentdenver.org/about/learning-spaces.