AWARD YEAR
2021
CATEGORY
Community
GOALS
Quality Education
KEYWORDS
schools, education, architecture
COUNTRY
United States of America
DESIGNED BY
VMDO Architects
WEBSITE
https://www.vmdo.com/discovery-elementary-school.html
Discovery Elementary School
A zero-energy school that changes how and where students learn
Discovery Elementary School was built to address rapidly growing student enrollment in Arlington while pursuing a larger goal – to prove what can truly be achieved with a new public school facility. To this end, careful attention was focused on designing and building a school that supports how and where students learn. Every nook and cranny of the school is arranged to create a seamless integration between design, sustainability, and learning. Recognizing that students are the creators of our collective future, Discovery Elementary sets the stage for the development of the skills necessary for long-term stewardship of our world. The school was designed to be a zero-energy building, meaning that the amount of energy produced annually by on-site renewable energy sources is equal to the amount of energy used annually. The school has been a trailblazer for zero-energy schools, both in demonstrating performance and engaging students in the "building as a teaching tool".