November 19, 2010 (COLUMBUS) The Ohio School Facilities Commission today commended the Buckeye Central Local School District in Crawford County for earning a Gold Certification under the LEED for Schools® design standards for construction of their new Kindergarten through grade 12 facility. The Buckeye Central K-12 building is the first building funded by the OSFC that has achieved the Gold Certification.
Under the Commission’s Green Schools Initiative, adopted in 2007, all of the buildings funded by the OSFC will be designed using the energy efficient and environmentally-conscious LEED® for Schools rating system developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council. Schools built to this standard have been proven to make a tremendous positive impact on student health, test scores, teacher retention, school operational costs, and the environment. Schools can earn various levels of certification based on the ratings they receive. The Gold certification is the second highest that can be achieved under the program.
OSFC Executive Director Richard Murray praised the work of the project team and noted that it was part of a continued emphasis on environmentally friendly design being used by the Commission. “Buckeye Central’s success was a great inspiration to the other districts we are working with across the state, Murray said. “It’s important to note, however, that this is not a singular event. We have over 130 buildings that are currently in the certification process, including another 87 that are on track for Gold certification. In addition, there are six (6) buildings that may even achieve a LEED Platinum certification, the highest rating available.”
The $21.2 million project houses the district’s 700 students. Work began on the project in 2006