Optima Engineering

The Franciscan School at St. Francis of Assisi

Raleigh, NC

Project Summary

LEED Gold school design on an existing church campus.

Project Highlights

  • LEED Gold Certification
  • High-efficiency lighting and controls
  • Low- and no-flow fixtures for plumbing
  • Modular chiller packages with high-efficiency pumps


This project involved the design of four buildings for a Catholic private school in Raleigh, NC on an existing campus. Ultimately achieving LEED Gold status, the Chapel, Community Center and Classroom building are served from the same mechanical plant, and were certified individually. Optima’s design for engineering systems included high-efficiency lighting and controls, low- and no-flow fixtures for plumbing and modular chiller packages with high-efficiency pumps. All of these components helped the project achieve high levels of energy reduction and conservation. Completed in 2011, the two-story, 22,370 SF Lifelong Learning Center building, the fourth piece of the project, includes 12 classrooms, a large assembly room with seating for 100 occupants, and a single story administration wing. (All images courtesy of Fleming & Associates, PA)

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