The classroom building is the first LEED Platinum Certified K-12 building in the state!
Adrian, Michigan The Center for a Sustainable Future is an immersive, project-based learning center for agriculture, horticulture, environmental science and renewable-energy technologies. The 75-acre site allows for teaching, updating and retraining people for sustainable careers.
The 8,743 SF classroom building features a solar array, a raingarden, demonstration crops and pervious pavement, all immediately visible at the site entry. The building benefits from an earth-berm, protecting it from north-westerly winter winds while opening to the passive solar opportunities facing south. Solar tubes bring a balanced proportion of daylight to the interior of the spaces. The building envelope is insulated to values 2 to 3 times required by current energy codes. The building’s geothermal mechanical equipment, ductwork and piping are exposed and color-coded for demonstrations.
Welcoming to all, the facility is fully ADA accessible, including a winding walk up to the roof. There a vegetated lab lets students experiment with soil engineering and cultivation of plant materials.
The facility and site has been designed to achieve Net-Zero energy use.