Newton North High School

Newton, MA

Budgeted at $196 million, this 411,000 sf complex is the largest, most expensive new construction project and the first LEED® BD+C: Schools project in Newton's history.

To meet design goals, The Green Engineer studied alternative energy sources and mechanical systems, working closely with the Mayor's office and the Newton High Performance Building Coalition. The design improves indoor air quality by using operable windows wherever possible and include a wastewater system that reuses over one million gallons of captured rainwater for irrigation. 

The new Newton North High School boasts a 21% reduced-operating energy cost compared with a similarly-sized complex. Newton North will also develop curriculum based on the high performance features of the building and explore the relationship between the natural and built environment. 

For Newton North High School, The Green Engineer:

  • Conducted an extensive life-cycle costing analysis of potential mechanical systems;
  • Provided energy modeling services throughout the design phase;
  • Helped the client secure a grant from the Mass Technology Collaborative's 'Green Schools Initiative';
  • Organized and coordinated the document required for the LEED for Schools registration and certification;
  • Followed new state criteria established by Mass Collaborative for High Performance Schools (MA-CHPS).

Owner: The City of Newton
Architect: The GUND Partnership and Dore & Whittier
MEP: R.G. Vanderweil
Contractor: Dimeo

LEED® BD+C: Schools, v2009 Gold certified