Project: Agriscience Magnet Program
NEISD Board dedicates new Agriscience Magnet Program (AMP) facility
The Agriscience Magnet Program (AMP) at Madison High School held a ceremony to dedicate their new facilty on Friday, May 20, 2011. The ceremony was held at the steps of the new main academic building where the NEISD Board of Trustees cut the dedication ribbon.
AMP students, families, school faculty and staff, and community leaders attended. Superintendent of Schools (Retiring) Dr. Richard A. Middleton, Interim Superintendent Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, Board of Trustees Member Randy Bristow, AMP Director John Mack, Executive Director for Construction Management Garrett Sullivan and Texas Department of Agriculture Regional Director (Region 4) Ken Weidenfeller shared their thoughts on the new facility with the community in attendance.
The new AMP facility is a one-of-a-kind, multi-use, state-of-the-art complex. One unique feature is a 22-acre applied science laboratory. New facilities were built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Many energy-efficient LEED principles 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 the winter 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 carbon dioxide 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.
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