Belle Glade’s Gove Elementary Goes Green

Hedrick Brothers Construction has completed the School District of Palm Beach County’s $28 million modernization of Gove Elementary School in Belle Glade.

The new, 121,000-square-foot, five-building campus will accommodate 924 students. The school includes new classrooms, kitchen and cafeteria, administrative offices, media center, clinic, covered play area, playgrounds, playfield, bus loop, parent dropoff and pickup, and parking. This LEED-registered project is anticipating silver certification under LEED for Schools.

The LEED or “green” elements of the school include the use of ice storage to drastically reduce energy consumption, concrete paving and light-colored roofing to reduce heat absorption, low e-glazing on the windows to reduce energy costs, along with indoor sensors to turn lights on and off.

The building was built to maximize daylight for classrooms, and all bathrooms conserve water with low-flow toilets, waterless urinals and flow-restriction faucets. More than 75 percent of construction waste from the project has been diverted from landfills and sent to recycling facilities, and the use of natural materials provides a healthy environment for students to learn and play.

The architectural team was MPA Architects and Tercilla Courtemanche Architects.

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ABOVE: A rendering of the newly modernized Gove Elementary School.