dbHMS worked on the design of a new 180,000 sq. ft. charter school in an old industrial building for the UNO Charter Schools. The building houses two elementary schools and a high school. The project was designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED©) NCv2.2 Gold level certification and utilizes efficient lighting and controls, solar hot water heating, and efficient HVAC systems. Several systems were evaluated as part of the design process with a life cycle cost analysis. The project was awarded a grant of $300K to implement solar cooling as part of the design.
dbHMS won an ASHRAE award for engineering design and also an Award of Distinction in the 2009 Invitational Exhibition of Educational Environments (EEE) program, which is sponsored by IASB Service Associates for the design of this UNO Charter School.