Case Study

Effingham Career Academy

The Effingham Career Academy is a 45,000 sf learning center to teach technical skills to high school students. The Effingham Career Academy (currently under construction) features a high-efficiency VAV HVAC system, a 30 kw solar array, lighting controlled by occupancy and daylight sensors, and low-E glass with shading devices to reduce energy consumption by nearly 30%. High efficiency plumbing fixtures reduce water demand by 40%. The site features ample preserved open space, preferred parking for carpoolers and low-emitting vehicles, and native vegetation that does not require irrigation.


  • LEED for Schools Gold
  • Location: Rincon, GA
  • Owner: Effingham County Board of Education
  • Architect: Buckley and Associates
  • Size: 45,000 sf
  • Budget: $8,000,000