Fireside Elementary School3725 E. Lone Cactus Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Design Achievement - A growing environmental concern, shrinking operational budget, and demand for technology propelled Paradise Valley Unified School District to embrace energy efficiency when planning Fireside Elementary School. DLR Group designers and the District took a net-zero design approach from the very beginning to achieve near net-zero operations, making this a showcase school and the most efficient for the District upon opening. The building serves as a teaching tool to illustrate water conservation and solar energy production techniques. Rain-water collection silos are prominent at the front of this school for students and community member to see first-hand the commitment to sustainable rain-water harvesting practices. Cisterns collect rain water for landscape and playfield irrigation. TV screens in the lobby display and monitor energy usage and production from the school's photovoltaic system, allowing students to see how their building impacts the environment.
Scope Summary - The two-story, 86,650 SF elementary school serves 880 students in Kindergarten to sixth grade. DLR Group provided architecture, engineering, and interior design services.