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Michael Mathers

Music + Science Building

Hood River Middle School

Operating since 2010, the Hood River Middle School’s Music and Science Building annually produces more energy than it uses. In May 2014, it was the first public school facility in the nation to achieve certification as a Zero Energy Building by the International Living Future Institute.

Hood River, Oregon

Client: Opsis Architecture

Building Size: 12,000 sf

Project Cost: $2.72 million

Certifications: Zero Energy + LEED Platinum Certified

The Hood River School District invested $25 million to increase energy efficiency, add classrooms, and upgrade school buildings across the district. The Middle School’s Science and Music building presented the perfect opportunity to showcase the District’s commitment to sustainability. Through the integration of highly efficient technology and innovative design practices, the building has marked its fourth year of actually exceeding zero energy, producing about two percent more than it uses.

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