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Construction progressing on Del Sur Elementary

Construction is progressing on the 800-student Del Sur Elementary school, an 81,000-square-foot single-building campus in the 1,800-acre master planned community of Del Sur in the Poway Unified School District in north San Diego.

Foundations have been poured and framing is under way at the 10-acre site, designed with earth-friendly building materials.

Twenty percent of the school's energy requirements will come from photovoltaic roof panels.

Other conservation elements include an energy management system will be installed to monitor the use of lighting, equipment and HVAC systems, and a weather-based irrigation system.

Plans call for the school to include a large multipurpose room with a stage that will be available for joint-use with the community, along with the school's athletic field. Construction began in February 2007.

By housing all school functions under one roof, architect NTDSTICHLER was able to provide the $29.5 million school with energy efficiency at 22 percent below California Title 24 requirements.

Reduced exterior wall and roof areas decrease the amount of heating and cooling needed by the school. Additionally, the smaller site required to build a single-building campus substantially cuts initial site purchase costs, and requires less landscaping and less dependency on irrigation.

Storm water runoff will be minimized, with 42 percent of the school site remaining permeable to rainfall, and a high-efficiency irrigation system with a satellite controller will ensure that water is used only as needed. Finally, 50 percent of construction waste will be diverted from the landfills and will be recycled.

The contractor is NTD/EDGE Design Builders, a venture of the architect andEdge Development.

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