Fayette County Public Schools / Wellington Elementary School


Location: Lexington, Kentucky

Size:  73,894 SF/New Construction
Program Features:
Classrooms, Gymnasium, Music and Art Instructional Areas, Health Clinic, Media Center, Cafeteria, and Administration Offices
Sustainable Features:
High efficiency systems, rain garden, permeable pavers, energy star, day-lighting, photovoltaic solar energy, construction waste management

The new Wellington Elementary School was designed to be the most energy efficient and sustainable school in Fayette County. By shaping the building in a way that takes best advantage of sunlight, all classrooms and most in the building are daylit, reducing energy consumption and improving the quality of the learning environment. The school meets Energy Star requirements and includes energy efficient HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems. The layout of the school was designed for maximum flexibility. Changes to the academic program over time will be easier to implement than in a traditional school.

This elementary school itself is a teaching tool; systems that would be hidden in a conventional school are visible and easily explainable to students. Examples include photovoltaic solar panels, a rainwater capture and reuse system, a solar hot water system, natural water quality devices, and automatic electric lighting control.

2011 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award Winner