LANCASTER, PA—High Construction Company completed the construction of Lancaster Mennonite School's new sustainably designed Rutt Academic Center in Lancaster, Pa.
The 45,000 square foot academic building features classrooms, offices, conference rooms, and many sustainable design elements.
One of the most intriguing sustainable components is the geothermal heating and cooling system which uses the Earth's temperature as a source of heat or as a coolant. The highest efficiency, single-stage equipment that was available on the market was specified and installed for the project. This system, coupled with an extensive monitoring system which can be accessed remotely, puts the building on the cutting edge of new sustainable technologies. The building also includes occupancy sensors that control the lights and are interlocked into the heating and cooling system to increase efficiency by preventing unoccupied rooms from being supplied with heated, cooled, or outside air—dependent on the season.
A few of the other sustainable features include ample natural sunlight; additional energy-saving insulation; a GreenGrid roof garden system and a heat-reflective and energy efficient White TPO (Themosplastic Polyolefin) roof; low Consumption urinals and toilets with sensor operated flushometers; recycled floor tiles that will not require waxing; radiant heat flooring; and use of native species in landscaping which conserves water.
Recognized as the 2007 General Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractor's Association of Central Pennsylvania, High Construction Company provides design-build, general contracting, and construction management services throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. High Construction specializes in the commercial, manufacturing, processing, distribution, education, hospitality, retail, health care, and multi-family residential markets. The family-owned business is headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., and employs over 60 professionals. High Construction is an affiliate of High Real Estate Group, which also includes Greenfield Architects Ltd., High Associates Ltd., High Investors Ltd., and High Hotels Ltd. For more information about High Construction, call (717) 291-2276 or visit www.HighConstruction.com.