Mann modernization wins environmental certification

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Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh toured Mann Elementary — which won LEED Gold certification — on Aug. 7 as part of her annual school readiness tour. (Grace Bird/The Current/August 2017)

The recently renovated Mann Elementary School has received LEED Gold environmental certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The renovation of the existing 17,000-square-foot school building at 4430 Newark St. NW was completed in 2016, along with the creation of a 33,000-square-foot addition.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification was based on features including the use of recycled content and regional materials; the use of low-emitting materials and natural light; views of and access to the outdoors; and a 20 percent reduction in water use, including the incorporation of water-efficient landscaping. The school also includes communal open spaces throughout the campus, a green roof for urban gardening, the use of glass walls and moveable partitions, and a gym/multi-purpose room that opens to the outdoors.

The project also won a Best Project honor in the K-12 category for 2017 from ENR MidAtlantic. The award is based on contribution to the industry and community, as well as construction and design quality.