Pioneering Green Building Practices for Healthy Learning Environments

The new Wilde Lake Middle School (WLMS) is positioned to be the most energy conscious and efficient school in the state, furthering HCPSS’ commitment to environmental sustainability as a support for healthy learning environments. That’s because the new WLMS, now approximately 80 percent ready, will be the first net zero school in Maryland. A net zero building generates as much energy as it uses over the course of a year.

The WLMS project will replace an aging middle school with a larger modern facility with capacity to serve 49 percent more students, approximately 760 compared to the current school capacity of 500. Nearly twice as large as the current school but using less than half the energy, the new building will be large enough to accommodate the anticipated increase in student population in Columbia. The new WLMS is being constructed directly behind the existing Wilde Lake Middle School, which will then be demolished to make space for the new school’s bus loop, parking areas and playing fields.

HCPSS is working toward earning a U.S. Green Building Council LEED “Gold” designation, a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building, for the new WLMS. HCPSS is the only school system in the state to pursue LEED certification for all new school constructions and full systemic renovations. Nine other HCPSS schools have already earned LEED “Gold” or “Silver” certifications.

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