February 12, 2016

When it came time to build a new school for the Friends School of Portland, Warren Construction Group jumped at the challenge. We received some great press during the planning and construction phases of this wonderful project, as shown below.

“The Quaker school is Maine’s first school certified as a “Passive House” building, and only the third in the U.S., according to the Friends. The building, designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects and built by Warren Construction Group, does not use fossil fuel for energy.” Alex Lear, (2015, August 24). Friends School of Portland Moves to $3.5M ‘Passive House’ building in Cumberland, The Forecaster.

 “The 15,000-square-foot building will be one of only a few Passivhaus school buildings in the country, and the largest Passivhaus structure in Maine. Architects also plan on making it a net-zero energy building.” , Scott Gibson, (2014, November 20). In Maine, A Passivhaus School Takes Shape, Green Building Blog.

“The Cumberland Structure will have almost no energy costs and uses a design expected to become more widespread” ….. “Underneath exterior shingles and clapboards are layers of specialized sheathing, similar to thick plastic or rubber, that keep moisture and air from getting through. Sealing the gaps are wide bands of construction tapes, designed to stick to all kinds of materials and replace caulking or other liquid fillers that have long been traditional sealants. The windows are triple-glazed and the casements are designed to be virtually leak-proof, said Peter Warren of Warren Construction Group, which is building the school.”  Matt Byrne, (2015, April 23), Quaker ‘passive house’ school is first of its kind in Maine, Portland Press Herald.

“Friends School of Portland leaders, along with Kaplan Thompson Architects, Warren Construction, and other partners, hope the new building will serve as a model for others interested in sustainable design.” … “Passive House standards, …. use solar gain and air ventilation to warm and cool buildings. The new home of Friends School of Portland will not rely on traditional fuels such as oil, gas, coal or wood. With the addition of solar electric panels and thermal tubes for hot water, Friends School of Portland will be a net-zero energy building, meaning that it will produce as much energy as it uses.” Press Release: Friends School of Portland , (2014, November 6), Maine’s First Net-Zero Energy School Under Construction, Mother Earth News.

“The Quaker school will be Maine’s first school certified as a “passive house,” and only the third in the U.S., according to the school. The building, designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects and being built by Warren Construction Group, will not use fossil fuel for energy.” Alex Lear, The Forecaster (2014, December 9).Friends School of Portland eyes fundraising goal for new building , Bangor Daily News.com.

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