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First Leed Certified School in Alaska


Anchorage, Alaska, December, 2009 – The Fred and Sara Machetanz Elementary School in Wasilla, Alaska is the first school in the state to receive the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough recently adopted policies requiring public schools to achieve LEED certification for all new construction. The USGBC program has 4 award levels: basic certification, Silver, Gold and Platinum ratings. Although the policy was not adopted until after the design was substantially complete, Machetanz Elementary was able to achieve a LEED Silver rating.  LEED for Schools is still in its infancy in Alaska, but school districts across the state are progressively seeking solutions to address energy use and environmental quality.  The new Su Valley High School is also seeking LEED certification.

Machetanz Elementary School was designed by McCool Carlson Green Architects. McCool Carlson Green is a leader in green building design in Alaska with 7 projects currently seeking LEED certification and 3 LEED Accredited Professionals on staff, including the USGBC Green Schools Advocacy Chair for the State of Alaska, Jason Gamache. McCool Carlson Green has been committed firm-wide to sustainable design and the implementation of green building practices in Alaska’s challenging environment for more than 3 decades.

Collins Construction of Wasilla, Alaska was the General Contractor.

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