has been nominated by the New York State Commissioner of Education to the year-old Federal Green Ribbon Schools program, which recognizes schools that save energy and feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces.
The school, which was was designed by Patchogue architect Roger Smith, BBS Architects & Engineers, was one of only three schools that were nominated by Commissioner John B. King, from a field of 30 submissions.
"We are very proud of Commissioner King’s recognition of our project as one of the leading green schools in the state,” said Smith. "The innovative, healthy and environmentally responsible Hampton Bays Middle School is the result of a very close collaboration among the local community, parents, Hampton Bays Union Free School District and the design team.”
Superintendent of Hampton Bays Schools Lars Clemensen said, "Hampton Bays is humbled to be chosen as one of three finalists from New York State. When the Board of Education, faculty, staff, and community committed to making HBMS a 'green' school, I'm not sure that any of us really understood the full potential of having a school that is built healthier, run healthier, and now taught healthier than the vast majority of schools in our nation. Receiving this award is a testament to how far we've come in realizing that potential for our environment and a reminder of how far we can still go in educating, advocating, and sustaining."
The Hampton Bays Middle School, located at 70 Ponquogue Avenue, first opened it's doors in on Feb. 25, 2008 and since has recieved numerous green awards. It is a Green Project of Distinction winner in the Green Education Showcase and obtained the coveted silver recognition certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system. In 2009, the Long Island Power Authority also recognized the middle school for the latter achievement with a rebate of $300,000 for efficiency measures.
The 146,400-square-foot school, houses 800 students, grades five through eight in 30 classrooms. It was constructed under a $42 million bond that was approved by voters in March 2004.
On the 'green' side, the majority of materials used in the middle school's construction are made from recyclable and easily renewable materials: mold growth preventative materials, synthetic floors, and mold-resistant gypsum wall board were all utilized.
The lighting system for the school consists of hi-lumen low power lamps, reducing the lighting power density and cost of electricity and the classrooms are equipped with motion sensors to turn lights on and off to also conserve energy. These measures cut energy costs by an estimated 30 percent compared to the minimum New York State Energy Code requirements.
The building's design itself is equipped "state-of-the-art technology infrastructure" that includes Smart Boards in every classroom, wireless Internet services and sensor locks for security.
Program and curriculum offerings of the Hampton Bays Middle School also reflect the core mission of being environmental conscious.