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Kent Denver School Dining Hall

Semple Brown Design, P.C.
Englewood, Colorado

LEED for Schools v2009

February 2012
Photo © Ron Pollard Photography


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Gross area: 20,000 ft2  (12,000 ft2 addition and 8,000 ft2 renovation)

Date completed: March 2011

Profile: The new dining hall for this college preparatory day school for grades 6-12 features a cafeteria, event space, kitchen, private offices, conference rooms, a loading dock, an orchard, and a student garden. Over 75 percent of the former dining hall’s structural elements were reused and about 1125.45 tons (85 percent) of the on-site generated construction waste was diverted from the landfill. Two bee hives help pollinate an orchard that provides fruit for meals, and an interior 16-square-foot living wall grows 576 plants and herbs that can also be used for cooking. After serving 700 meals to students, faculty and staff, the dining hall only generates a single bag of trash every school day.

Energy-saving innovation: The high-albedo roof membrane is cost effective and keeps the building cool in the summer heat. Over 50 percent of the total building energy savings is reached with a 27-kilowatt roof mounted solar photovoltaic array. Operable windows and sliding glass doors provide astounding views to the nearby mountains while also allowing ample daylight and natural ventilation into the space—the need for artificial lighting is almost entirely eliminated except during overcast days.


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