As the first new school in Rochester in over 20 years, the George W. Gibbs Elementary School was designed to meet the needs of the School District through the year 2059. The project featured new construction of a facility to accommodate kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grade, faculty office and support spaces, computer labs, special education, gymnasium, clinical, and cafeteria services. Landscaping features include new parking lots, a bus corral, a soccer and softball field, soft play, and hard play areas. District #535 hired MEP Associates, LLC (MEP) to achieve the EAc3 Enhanced Commissioning credit for LEED Silver certification.
The focus of the commission process is on key systems and assemblies, including:
HVAC Controls: Detailed commissioning and function testing was provided on all the controls equipment. This included review of installation, verification of sequence of operation, completion of test procedures, commissioning report, and simulation of alarm conditions.
LEED Requirements: Fundamental commissioning of the Building Energy Systems and Enhanced Commissioning requirements.
The project features maximized daylighting with exterior learning environments, and a geothermal ground-source heat pump (GSHP) system. The building performs 40-50 percent better than requirements in ASHRAE Standard 90.1.