Ann Arbor’s Skyline High School was a featured outstanding project in the magazine Learning By Design 2009 this month, which highlights innovation in education building design. The publication is circulated twice each year, featuring outstanding K-12 and college and university projects. The National School Board Association and Schools and University Leaders Guide to Architectural Services gave the award to the district earlier this year.
Also this month, Skyline’s design was featured as one of the top 10 picks in the 2009 Green Education Design Awards by School Planning & Management magazine.
The 367,742-square-foot building, Ann Arbor’s newest high school, was completed and opened in 2008. It was awarded a LEED (the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification Silver Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council in March 2009.
According to Randy Trent, executive director of physical properties for The Ann Arbor Public Schools, Skyline is the largest silver certified high school in the country.
The Green Building Rating System provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. LEED-certified buildings use resources more efficiently when compared to conventional buildings, according to information from the USGBC.
Skyline’s design and construction has earned several other awards. They include:
• The Engineering Society of Detroit’s Construction and Design Award, 2009
• The Washtenaw Contractors Association’s Pyramid Award, 2009
• The Associated General Contractors of America Michigan Build Award, 2008
• Sierra Club Conservation Award, 2008 for the ongoing work on “green” cleaning and recycling efforts.