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School District of University City Announces First St. Louis Public Elementary School to Earn LEED Certification


Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School in the School District of University City has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification, the first public elementary school in St.

Louis to receive the designation from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The building was constructed with green engineering and building practices, including rain gardens, window placements that maximize daylight, a highly efficient HVAC system, and other features that contribute to its energy and water efficiency and indoor environmental quality. Recycled and regional materials were also used on the interior and exterior of the building.

“The energy efficient and sustainable design practices not only benefit the environment, but also benefit students by providing better indoor air quality, plenty of natural light, and a lesson for students about the importance of environmental awareness,” said Joylynn Pruitt, superintendent of schools.

The building opened for students in the fall of 2011. Construction was funded through the $53.6M Prop U bond issue that passed in April 2009.

“McCarthy builds with a conscious eye towards sustainability on all of our work,” said McCarthy Vice President of Operations Adam Knoebel, LEED® AP BD+C. “But we don’t see many public K12 clients in the Midwest applying for certification. This makes us particularly excited to have played a part in LEED certification for the School District of University City.”

The $11.5 million, 63,100-square-foot elementary school building, which includes 20 classrooms, two science labs, administration area, cafeteria, gymnasium and library, was designed by Bond Wolfe Architects and constructed by the team of McCarthy Building Companies and Kwame Building Group.

About McCarthy
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has been building in the education market for more than 50 years. Committed to the construction of high-performance buildings, the company has managed construction or built hundreds of schools in K–12 school districts across America In addition to St. Louis, McCarthy also has offices in Newport Beach, San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Las Vegas; Albuquerque; Phoenix, Dallas and Houston; St. Louis and Atlanta. McCarthy is 100 percent employee-owned. More information about the company is available at