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Friday, April 1, 2011

Inside the Under-Construction Global Learning Academy

The Escambia County School Board toured the currently under-construction Global Learning Academy this morning in Downtown Pensacola.  Construction on the facility, which is slated for completion by the end of summer 2011, is moving along at a brisk pace and the personnel associated with the project anticipate timely completion.

The Facility is being built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard, a designation meaning that the facility is being constructed in an environmentally friendly manner. The building materials are being recycled where possible, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainable building. Once completed, the facility will use natural, ambient lighting throughout.  Additional information on LEED can be found here.

The one hour tour highlighted the various features of this facility, which will be 118,000SF upon completion and will house nearly 800 Prek-5th grade students.  According to Mr. Ron Peacock, District Director of Facilities Planning, the facility is coming in significantly under-budget.  Mr. Peacock estimates that at completion, the costs for construction of this brand new school will be at about $125.00 per SF, a figure which is reasonable compared to costs of similar structures around the country.

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