Beachwood Elementary recognized as a sustainable school
The recently rebuilt Beachwood Elementary School on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) was recognized by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for meeting High-Performance Schools design requirements. The 2010 Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol requires that state-funded school construction projects greater than 5,000 square feet must incorporate high-performance features into their school design and construction. Funding for Beachwood’s construction came from the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment and Washington state’s school construction assistance program.
“The design includes sustainable characteristics and building systems that deliver superior energy performance, reduce water use and provide excellent indoor environmental qualities,” said Lorrell Noahr, OSPI’s interim director of School Facilities and Organization. “Beachwood Elementary students and staff are learning and working in a safe, comfortable and healthy environment.”
In addition to occupant comfort and health, Beachwood has been designed to operate more efficiently and effectively, potentially reducing the building annual operative costs in comparison to older district elementary schools.
Construction at Beachwood began in 2014 and the school opened in September 2015. With the completion of Evergreen Elementary in December 2016, all six of the JBLM schools will have been rebuilt.