Casady School Earns First LEED® Silver in Oklahoma

[Casady School] Architectural Design Group, Inc., an Oklahoma City-based architecture,
planning, interiors and program management fi rm, is proud to announce that Casady School’s new W.R. Johnston Math Building has been awarded LEED® Silver established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). This is the first LEED for Schools 2.0 certified project in the state of Oklahoma. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Photo: Casady School Math Building

Architectural Design Group led an experienced team of engineers and consultants to design the facility to meet the stringent LEED for Schools 2.0 standards. Smith + Pickel Construction is responsible for construction and documented the materials and waste management throughout the building process. The LEED standards include strict energy use guidelines, sound-dampening requirements, natural daylighting as well as incorporating a variety of sustainable strategies and materials.

The building boasts the newest, most innovative features to support Casady’s rigorous math curriculum, including ample classroom space for every course offered, interactive white boards, internet access and the latest technology in every classroom. Casady has set an example of its commitment to building a healthy environment for students, faculty and the larger community by constructing the first school building in the state of Oklahoma to achieve LEED Silver for Schools.

The 8,900-square-foot building, which opened to students in October 2010, has just completed the lengthy submittal and review process necessary to reach certifications with the USGBC. A certification award ceremony is being planned so that parents, friends and alumni will get a chance to visit the building that has set a new standard on the Casady campus and in Oklahoma.

For over 35 years, Architectural Design Group, Inc. has provided services for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and throughout the nation, creating successful projects for education, corporate, healthcare, housing, church and government clients. With 15 registered architects and 44 employees, ADG consistently ranks as one of the largest design and program management firms in Oklahoma.

Founded in 1947, Casady School is an independent coeducational college preparatory Episcopal day school serving students in grades pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. Under the direction of Head of School Christopher C. Bright, approximately 850 students at Casady are educated in a college campus-type atmosphere composed of 29 buildings on 80 acres in northwest Oklahoma City, Okla. To recognize its standing among independent schools nationwide, Casady was awarded a prestigious endowment of $2 million from the Malone Family Foundation in May of 2006. Casady is a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC).