Zanesville John McIntire Elementary School
Zanesville, Ohio


Part of a district-wide new building program we worked with architects to design a 74,954 SF new elementary education facility which houses kindergarten through fifth grades. This building provides the Zanesville City School District with the latest in building technology and efficiency and was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.  The project achieved LEED Gold certification in October 2012. 

The plumbing systems maximize water efficiency within the building to reduce the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems by use of low-flow fixtures. The facilities are ADA accessible andthere are sprinklers throughout so fewer fire separations and dampers in the duct system were required. 

Energy efficient lighting systems were designed to use less than the wattage allowed by ASHRAE 90.1-2004. The lights are controlled by a combination of occupancy sensors and a programmable relay panel for automatic shut-off when spaces are not in use. Dual-level switching was also used. Data network, VoIP phone system, central sound and sound reinforcement systems, video distribution system, security and CCTV systems are included in the design of these Ohio Schools Facilities Commission funded projects.

The HVAC system is a geothermal water source heat pump system which provides exceptional occupant control and comfort while also saving energy through its inherent energy recovery. The geothermal system was a closed loop vertical with 120 bore holes 300’-0” deep. Indoor Air Quality performance was enhanced by a ventilation system that required energy from the exhaust air leaving the building. Carbon Dioxide Sensors assure that only the required ventilation air is brought in, further saving energy costs. Total energy savings calculated based on ASHRAE 90.1-2004 is 36.8%. The energy savings contributed 8 credits toward the LEED Gold certification and achieved an 8 out of 10 credits in the Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1 category.