The Dalles Middle School

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The Dalles Middle School exemplifies energy conservation that can be achieved with high performance design. This replacement school is the first school in the State of Oregon to be built under the federal LEED system for rating buildings. Many of the energy savings features, such as daylighting and ventilation, are renewable energy resources. In addition, the water collected for the ground source heat pump is collected from existing city dewatering wells and then piped to a new on-site storage tank. Once the water has been used to heat and air condition the building, it is reused to irrigate the fields and surrounding landscape, saving thousands of gallons of potable water.

The school now has added classroom space, a gymnasium, cafeteria, commons area, drama room, music room, computer lab, media center, art room and technical education area along with three large science rooms.

The LEED Gold certified school was also awarded a High Performance Award from the Oregon Office of Energy.

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