AgriScience Magnet Program
by the U.S. Green Building Council, Central Texas - Balcones Chapter
North East Agri-Science Magnet Program - 2012 Green School Award
The North East ISD Agriscience Magnet Program (AMP) facility was announced the winner of the 2012 Green School Award (K -12 Category) by the U.S. Green Building Council, Central Texas - Balcones Chapter. "The Green School Award recognizes this sustainable design as exemplary in promoting public awareness with the idea that every school can present the opportunity for each student to develop a love for learning through energy efficient buildings, higher test scores and low absenteeism." The awards ceremony was held Thursday, October 11, 2012, at the AMD Campus in Austin. Accepting the award of behalf of the school district were: Garrett Sullivan, Executive Director for Construction Management and Engineering; James Davis, Partner with Garza/Bomberger & Associates, the architectural design firm for the Project; Jorge Flores, Project Architect with Garza/Bomberger & Associates; Mark Baublit, Senior Project Manager with Joeris General Contractors, the general contractor for the Project; and Alison Rivenburgh, President, Sustainable Perspective Group, the LEED Consultant for the Project. The AMP Project also received recognition by the City of San Antonio as the 2012 Green Building Award winner in the Commercial/School Construction Category.
As part of the 2007 bond, NEISD renovated the AMP campus, making it a a one-of-a-kind, multi-use, state-of-the-art complex. One unique feature is that they now have a 22-acre applied science laboratory. The renovated facilities were also built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Many energy-efficient LEED principals were incorporated into the building design, such as a green 'living' roof for the horticulture program, solar hot water and radiant heated floor to keep livestock warm during colder months.
To earn its 'green' title, recycled material and other energy-efficient measures were used in the design elements of the facility. For example, building materials that were processed and manufactured regionally were used, which led to a reduction in transportation costs and CO2 emissions. The building was also designed as a teaching tool, where photovoltaic and wind turbine energy-generating systems were introduced. Natural daylight sensors adjust the amount of artificial light needed. The facility incorporated a rainwater and HVAC condensate collection cistern where captured water will be used for irrigation purposes, as well as water efficient landscaping design.
North East Agri-Science Magnet Program
Architect: Garza Bomberger & Associates
General Contractor: Joeris General Contractors, Ltd.
Construction Start Date: May 2009
Completion Date: March 2011
Project Budget: $ 24,500,000
Total Facility Square Footage: 111,000
- New Two-Story Agriscience Facility = 62,000 sq. ft.
- Four New Project Centers = 49,000 sq. ft.
- Cattle, swine, lamb, and goat
- 214 animal pens
Agriscience Magnet Program Photos
Aerial View of NEISD Agriscience Magnet Program Facility (2011)
NEISD Agriscience Magnet Program Main Building - Exterior
Exterior View of a Typical Animal Project Center
Interior View of a Typical Animal Project Center
Interior View of a Typical Specialty Classroom
Interior View of a Science Lab
Aquaculture and Environmental Science Classroom/Lab
NEISD Agriscience Magnet Program Show Arena (750 Seating Capacity)
NEISD Agriscience Magnet Program Commons Area (500 Seating Capacity)
Sustainable Living Green Roof Garden