The Halifax Area Middle/High School was originally constructed in 1958. Additions were added in 1968, 1988, and 1991 as well as two major modular classroom additions. The existing HVAC system was installed under an energy savings program in 1997 with no major improvements made to the structure since then. The facility was in need of renovations. The primary focus of this project was to replace the modular classroom additions with permanent additions, and to modernize and convert the facility to become a high performance school building.
By dramatically improving the integrity of the thermal envelope, our design reduced the facility’s overall energy consumption by over 5.1 million KBTU annually. Out-of-date, high-water-consumption fixtures were replaced with low-flow water-conserving fixtures which reduced the facility’s water consumption by 30%.
The District encourages community organizations to use the updated assembly facilities (gymnasiums, media center, auditorium and stage), and is also promoting their use to the Township and Borough for fundraising and other activities. The project achieved LEED® Gold Certification. EI Associates also successfully assisted the District in obtaining a $1.5 million grant from Alternative & Clean Energy Program.