Case Study

Stephens County High School

Replacing the existing Stephen’s County High School was a tall order in itself, but the School Board’s decision to pursue LEED for Schools certification during the design process added another wrinkle. However, the 400,000 sf high school has earned LEED for Schools certification in mid-2012, one of the largest LEED S certified projects in the state.

When students occupy the $34 million facility, they will notice high-efficiency T5 lights connected to occupancy sensors in every classroom, as well as a high-efficiency water source heat pump HVAC system to keep comfortable and cut energy use over 15%. Low flow plumbing fixtures and kitchen equipment cut water use nearly 40%, while an emphasis on both regional materials and high recycled content components result in a highly durable school that will last generations. Low VOC finishes were used throughout, and all furniture is GreenGuard certified to help maintain air quality and an effective learning environment.


  • LEED for Schools Certified
  • Location: Tacoa, GA
  • Owner: Stephen’s County School Board
  • Architect: JW Buckley and Associates
  • Size: 410,000
  • Budget: $34,000,000