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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

The Renaissance Academy LEED Gold - new building

Take a look at the energy-saving measures at the Renaissance Academy and their benefits.


  • Groundbreaking: October 17, 2007
  • Building Dedicated: November 6, 2010

Building Facts

Student Capacity: 1,600 (maximum)
Building Size: 289,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $66 million
Architect: RRMM Architects
Contractor: W.M. Jordan Company, Inc.

Construction Highlights

  • Height: Two-story
  • Construction: Load bearing CMU walls with steel joist floor and roof framing
  • Exterior envelope: Brick veneer, metal wall panel and aluminum curtain wall glazing, classroom day lighting, and modified bitumen roofing
  • Interior walls: Metal stud with abuse resistant gypsum board
  • Ceilings: Acoustical tile
  • Flooring: Epoxy terrazzo, carpet, ceramic tile
  • HVAC: Water source heat pumps with geothermal wells (no cooling tower or boiler)
  • Plumbing: Roof drains to cistern; cistern water used for toilet flushing; no-flush urinals

Special Note

The facility houses a museum exhibit for the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville School (PACTS/UKHS). After integration of schools in 1969, PACTS/UKHS closed, and its students and staff transferred to other high schools in Virginia Beach

Unique environmental features that, by design and program area, will make this the first building of this type in the entire United States.

  • First building in our school division to use rainwater reclamation for toilet flushing. A rainwater collection system collects water from the roof and stores it in a 50,000 gallon cistern so water can be used for flushing toilets. This allows the school to save approximately 3.8 million gallons of treated water per year.
  • Geothermal heat pump (522 wells, each 400 feet deep) installed for heating and cooling. This is an efficient means of heating and cooling a building by using ground water.
  • A portion of the roof -- 16,000 square feet -- is “green”. Grass planted on a portion of the roof decreases heating and cooling costs and reduces the amount of runoff that is channeled into the city’s storm water system. It also has the potential to last more than 50 years without replacement.
    day lighting, and modified bitumen roofing
  • Solar collectors are installed on the roof to heat hot water in the school’s kitchen.
  • Daylit spaces are supplemented with dimming ballast electric lighting that have photo sensor and occupancy sensor controls.
  • Photovoltaic cells installed in the building put electricity back in the electricity grid. The grid is the network which we “pull” electricity from Virginia Dominion Power. This will allow us to actually “farm” electricity for the electrical company.
  • Typically, mechanical rooms are tucked away in a dark corner of our schools. However, the school's mechanical room serves as a teaching tool. Students are able to visibly see how the building operates through a window.
  • An inter-active kiosk is installed in the school lobby to allow so students and staff the ability to monitor energy consumption.

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Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018