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2512 George Mason Drive • P.O. Box 6038 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456-0038   757.263.1000 • 757.263.1240 TDD

LEED Certified Projects

Great Neck Middle School LEED Gold - new building


  • Original Building Opened: 1961 as Cox High School
  • Groundbreaking: October 5, 2009
  • Building Dedication: November 30, 2012

Great neck Middle School

Building Facts

Student Capacity: 1200 (1500 maximum)
Building Size: 219,370 sq. ft.
Cost: $46.5 Million
Architect: Waller Todd & Sadler Architects
Contractor: Blueridge General, Inc.

Building Improvements

  • Unique design to complement the Great Neck corridor
  • Three story academic wing
  • Administrative offices
  • Clinic
  • Guidance suite
  • Music room
  • Art room with access to the central courtyard
  • Media center and adjoining computer lab
  • Special education classrooms
  • Auditeria
  • Gymnasium
  • Faculty dining commons area with covered ceiling and indirect lighting
  • Flooring terrazzo
  • Multi-colored LED billboard pre-programmed messages

Unique Building/Grounds Highlights

  • Storm Water Design: This feature improves the water quality of any run-off by the use of bio-retention. Bio retention is a complex design that removes bad material such as like nitrogen, bacteria, and sediment from the water before it leaves the site.
  • Heat Island Effect: The design of the building reduces the amount of heat generated and released by the building by the use of highly reflective materials on the roof and in the pavement.
  • Water Efficient Landscaping: The planned landscaping reduces the need for irrigation by 50%
  • Renewable Building Supplies:
    • At least 50% of the wood used on the project is from certified managed (renewable) stock.
    • At least 30% of the new construction materials is certified recycled material.
  • Rainwater Recovery Program: Water use for the facility is reduced by 40% through the use of rainwater. Rain water is captured on the roof and reused for irrigation and flushing toilets.
  • Energy Performance: Energy used to operate the building is improved by 25% through the use of HVAC optimization, and lighting controls
  • Demolition Materials Recycled: The demolition of the old building and stadium diverted more than 75% of demo materials from landfill by recycling.
  • Unique Lighting System: The new building utilizes a “day lighting” design that uses window orientation, construction , and lighting controls to increase the natural light in the building and decrease the need for artificial light.
  • Solar Water Heaters: The new building’s hot water system is heated by solar collectors.
  • Minimal Light Pollution:The “light pollution” produced by the school is minimized through the landscape and new athletic facilities lighting design.
  • Flush- less Urinals: This is the pinnacle of water-saving and maintenance reducing technology.
Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018