Rocky Mount High School

Rocky Mount, NC

Project Summary

LEED Gold high school design that was based on a prototype non-LEED facility.

Project Highlights

  • Geothermal HVAC
  • Dedicated Outside Air systems
  • Efficient lighting and daylighting
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Water-to-water heat pumps


Designing this 280,000 SF high school represented a new challenge for Optima’s 50% project energy reduction initiative. The building was based on a prototype non-LEED facility, so not all design decisions could be catered to sustainability concerns. Strategies deployed for energy efficiency in the design here included geothermal HVAC, dedicated Outside Air systems, efficient T5 lighting, a comprehensive daylighting approach that utilizes daylight sensors and stepped ballasts, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and water-to-water heat pumps on the project’s geothermal loop (to assist in peak shedding and reduce well-field size). Completed in August 2012 and awarded LEED Gold certification, with these strategies in place, the facility netted a total energy savings that is 44% below the ASHRAE baseline. Optima was responsible for all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design.

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