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The Anglo-American School Breaks Ground for the Most Environmentally-Conscious School in Central and Eastern Europe

April 13, 2011
The Anglo-American School Breaks Ground for the Most Environmentally-Conscious School in Central and Eastern Europe

H.E. the Ambassador James Warlick of the United States and Ms. Catherine Barber Charge d‘Affaires of Great Britain, together with the Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Waters Ms. Klimentina Deneva, Chairman of the International Relations and EU Integration Commission Nicolas Galabov, Chairman of the Executive Board of Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria Mr. Momtchil Andreev, the Mayor of Pancharevo Mr. Svetoslav Mitrev and the School Director Mr. James Leahy broke ground for the new Middle and High School building.

 

AAS will invest over 12 million leva in the project, 75 percent of which is a long-term loan from Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria. The expanded facility will have more than 9,300 square meters and will enable the school as a whole to offer education to 550 pre-K-12 students.

 

The new facility is preliminarily registered under the LEED® green building certification program, established by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is accepted as a best practice in green building design, construction, and operation. The sustainability standards were implemented with the start of the design process. A construction waste management plan will reduce debris by 50 percent.

 

The new school will produce electricity through photovoltaic panels, use solar energy to heat water, filter waste water for re-use for irrigational purposes and have a designated recycling room for students’ environmental projects.

 

The new addition to the present building will have a natural “green roof”, which will improve insulation and reduce the heat island effect. Special acoustical design in the classrooms and foyers will ensure that distracting noise will be minimized to facilitate student concentration.  Classrooms will utilize the daylight and have multiple intensity sensors to measure the level of CO2.  Remote operable windows will allow fresh air when needed and sensors will help control light levels throughout the school.  Bike racks close to the changing facilities will encourage staff and students who live close by to come to school by bike.

 

An attractive architectural feature will be the outdoor amphitheatre, which will host a variety of student assemblies and performances.

 

In December 2006, AAS was honored with the “Most Environmental Building in Bulgaria Award” by Stroitelstvoto i gradat magazine. In January 2009 AAS received “The Best Social Policy in Bulgaria Award” from the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum for its traditional full scholarship program for the education of talented Bulgarian students, its students’ environmental projects and the school’s continuous Community Service program. In the spring of 2009 AAS was recognized by the Bulgarian Minister of Environment and Waters and received the Ecoinovator Award from the Capital newspaper.

 

In 2010 the Bulgarian Chamber of Architects recognized the Anglo-American School of Sofia as the Most Sustainable Building in Bulgaria and invited AAS to represent Bulgaria in Brussels at the European exhibition of the most sustainable buildings in Europe.



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