7350 E Speedway Blvd.
Suite 210
Tucson, Arizona 85710

(520) 326-3700

VAIL ACADEMY AND HIGH SCHOOL

Phil Swaim
Project Principal

Kevin Barber
Project Manager

The Vail Academy and High School, located in the U of A Science and Tech. Park, is the Vail School District’s first LEED project. The faculty is developing their technology- and engineering-oriented curriculum to use the sustainable building and site features as teaching tools. These features include active and passive rainwater harvesting, native vegetation, natural and high-effi ciency mechanical ventilation, daylighting, and a highly insulated building envelope. In addition, energy is generated on site by photovoltaic panels and wind generators. By utilizing a series of central courtyards which serve as informal teaching and gathering areas, all offi ces and classrooms receive daylight. Certified LEED Gold using the LEED for Schools rating program, this project is an example that sustainable design can be affordable.

  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2010 Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Award
  • 34,171 SF
  • $5.88 Million
  • Completed 2010
  • LEED Gold certification incorporated into curriculum development
  • Active and passive rainwater harvesting, native vegetation, daylighting, and insulated building envelope
  • Central courtyards provide daylighting for interior spaces and serve as informal teaching and gathering areas

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