I am not sure when it made the transformation to an elementary school.
The school has undergone several changes in the structure of the building through the years.
This is how the school looked while my kids were students there.
In 2009 construction of a new building began.
November 2010 they began tearing down the old building.
This was the view from my front porch during the demolition.
From its conception, the "New" Richardsville Elementary - the nation's first net-zero energy public school - was designed to be an affordable facility.
If you are unfamiliar with the term "net-zero", it basically describes a structure that generates as much (or more) energy than it needs to operate. it does this through renewable energy resources such as wind and solar.
Besides the fact that it completely generates its own energy, Richardsville Elementary is your typical school with classrooms, cafeteria, library, gymnasium, etc. It is designed and built as a tool to educate students on the value of energy conservation, solar, water conservation, recycling and more.
A "geothermal hallway" exposes piping manifolds and includes a temperature gauge so students can monitor the system's performance.
A "solar hallway" has a a laptop computer battery-charging station that students can see energy being received from the solar panels.
A "water conservation hallway" allows students to monitor the amount of rainwater collected and used to flush toilets throughout the school.
A "recycling hallway" enables students to monitor the quantities of materials collected and relates these to their global impact.
I wish I had pictures of these hallways to show you, but since my kids no longer attend the school my access is limited. I only visit once a year during the Fall Festival.
One part of the construction was put on hold due to a dispute with one of the construction crews.
For a few months this parking structure, which also has solar panels to help with the powering of the school, sat uncovered.
We were quite curious as what this structure was to be and why they stopped its construction. Then one evening while watching the local news we heard about the dispute.
It did create great shadows though.
Finally last month, the structure as well as the playground and some landscaping were completed.
It is a beautiful school and one that the community as well as the county is very proud of.
Linked to Shadow Shot Sunday 2.