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American School of Warsaw Goes Green
January 31, 2013   
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The American School of Warsaw has enlarged its premises in Konstancin-Jeziorna near Warsaw, making it the first school complex in Poland to conform with the LEED
certification system.

As part of the project, the school has modernized existing premises and built a new section 6,000 square meters in size. Architect Paweł Szałkowski, a LEED expert at the PM Group company, which oversaw the enlargement project and which was in charge of LEED certification, said the building has a state-of-the-art design, making use of a number of innovative green features that increase its cost efficiency. “Importantly, it also serves as a ‘teaching aid’ to demonstrate to students how renewable energy can be put to use,” he said.

The American School of Warsaw in Konstancin-Jeziorna has a cutting-edge system for the monitoring CO2 and systems to control and optimize lighting in the building and around it. The building has been fitted with underground rainwater reservoirs which, thanks to a new water management system, reduce the consumption of drinking water. The building’s roof has been covered with vegetation, while a wind turbine on top serves a source of green energy and a teaching aid in one. Solar panels provide hot water for the entire building. As part of the expansion project, a biomass boiler has been installed which now produces heat for the entire new section.

Apart from green technology, the American School of Warsaw building stands out with top-notch finishing materials and furnishings. “The new gym has excellent and fully professional equipment which no other educational facilities under construction can match,” said Szałkowski. “The school’s superb music rooms boast acoustic properties which are even better than in many professional recording studios.”

The design used in the expansion project, which took 13 months to complete, was produced by the Anatol and Anna Kuczyński AA s.c. Architectural Studio. PM Group was in charge of verifying the technical documentation, prepared documents for the bidding procedure for contractors and assisted the school in applying for the permits required to start the project. The company also selected the contractors and managed the construction and LEED accreditation process. After enlargement, the school complex in Konstancin-Jeziorna can accommodate 1,500 students.
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