Arcadia High School first in the region to earn LEED Gold rating
Award of 62 points by the U.S. Green Building Council makes it the fourth highest ranking school outside of the USA.
The Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ)-designed Arcadia High School has become the first school in the Middle East to be awarded the LEED V4 (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certification.
The award of 62 points by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) makes it the fourth highest ranking school outside of the USA.
The Arcadia High School, located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Triangle, was completed in 2020 and covers a total teaching space of 7500 sqm including classrooms, shared learning and labs. Other facilities include a library, music and dance rooms which collectively cover an area of 1,500 sqm.
The secondary school’s reception features a bright and airy design which opens out into a large casual seating zone with a unique 12 metre high indoor climbing wall feature. The inclusion of the wall was designed to reinforce the school’s ethos of transparency and its desire to ensure students play a highly visible and interactive role in their education, said GAJ.
“The Arcadia High School is a prime example of sustainable design and construction and we are thrilled the project has been awarded LEED Gold certification,” said Jason Burnside, partner, Godwin Austen Johnson. “Throughout the project our aim was to put in place a whole raft of sustainable measures including a thermally insulated building envelope, LED lighting with daylight/motion sensor controls and a high performance water cooled oil-free magnetic bearings chillers.”