Higgins Middle School Awarded Prestigious LEED® Silver Green Building Certification

DiNisco Design is pleased to announce that the J. Henry Higgins Middle School in Peabody, MA, has been awarded LEED® Silver certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is a prominent program for buildings that are designed, constructed, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The City of Peabody’s active participation in the design process demonstrates its strong commitment to environmental sustainability.

The new middle school building replaced a 50 year old facility with original mechanical and electrical systems that were at the end of their useful lives. The new school on what was a constrained site has a north-south solar orientation with excellent daylighting and a sun-filled library, cafeteria, and music program rooms. Transparency for views and daylighting make windows a significant design feature for the integration of the building and its site. Although a large building of 228,000 SF, the building’s organization into two wings, one academic and the other for public and interactive spaces, is efficient and allows for interior courtyards.

“At DiNisco we do our best to incorporate sustainable practices into all our projects, so we are honored to receive the LEED Silver Certification for the Higgins Middle School,” said Donna DiNisco, president of DiNisco Design. “The achievement demonstrates DiNisco Design and its team of consultants’ commitment to sustainability, high quality service, and to build healthy, high performance, green schools.” This project was completed in collaboration with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally appropriate, flexible, sustainable, and cost-effective public school facilities.

“Higgins Middle School’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize the built environment by providing everyone with healthy, green, and high performing buildings. Higgins serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment.”

DiNisco Design achieved LEED Silver certification for the Higgins Middle School by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance for the building. Indoor environmental quality efforts included indoor air quality performance, thermal comfort, daylighting and views.