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Somerville, Inc., wins two Special Citation Awards at the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance’s Annual Conference

Green Bay, WI – Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA), a non-profit educational organization who promotes ecologically sustainable practices within Wisconsin’s built environment, has awarded Somerville two separate Special Citation Awards at the 2012 Sustainable Energy Efficiency Conference. The award recognizes superior elements of an outstanding design, as well as leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction, and operation of Wisconsin buildings and systems in both existing and new facilities. Somerville’s sustainable design of the new Hillcrest Primary School in Shawano, WI and the design of the new engineering systems at the existing Dickinson Elementary School in De Pere, WI were the projects that received the special awards.

The collaboration between Somerville’s design team, the Shawano School District, and the community to implement sustainability into the new, 146,000 SF Hillcrest Primary School began as a way to ease overcrowding and lower facility operating costs. But, the project grew into something more—a sustainable commitment to the children and taxpayers of the Shawano community.  In 2010, the school became the first primary school in the nation to achieve LEED Gold Certification under the LEED for Schools rating system. Now, the school serves the educational needs of over 600 early-childhood through second grade students, and the new school is a healthy, sustainable, and fun learning environment for students, staff and community.

The project at Dickinson Elementary School began simply as a boiler replacement project and evolved into a multi-phased energy conservation initiative which included both geothermal and heat recovery systems. The upgrades have now made the 1958 vintage school an energy-efficient, learning center for over 200 elementary students. The school is not only saving money on their energy costs, but also providing a cleaner and healthier learning environment for students and staff alike. Because of the dedication, willingness and commitment by school officials towards an energy-efficient future, the project was transformed into a learning tool for staff, students and community.

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