Shipley School Student Commons Achieves LEED Silver Certification


The Shipley School’s Student Commons and Arts Center achieved LEED Silver certification by the US Green Building Council, joining a growing list of 1,850 K-12 projects and 36,000 Commercial projects that have been certified across the country. W.S. Cumby provided preconstruction and construction management services for the Student Commons, which was completed in September 2015.

LEED Silver certification is achieved by meeting and surpassing sustainability standards, as well as reducing the environmental impact of new construction. The Shipley School Student Commons achieved a high percentage of points in its site selection and development, energy performance, and indoor environmental quality. Its photovoltaic array, a linked collection of solar panels, was the first installation of its kind in Lower Merion Township.

The 26,000 SF ground-up facility includes a performance venue, visual and performing arts classrooms, music studios, rehearsal spaces, recording studios, student gathering areas and a dining facility with a state-of-the-art servery and kitchen.  The Student Commons sits along Montgomery Avenue and completes the Upper Campus quadrangle, serving as the new social hub of the campus.

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