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    Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, the Largest Net Zero School in the Country

    November 18, 2011


    This is no ordinary school year for some North Texas students and teachers.

    Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving, TX is the largest net zero school in the United States, and the first of its kind in Texas.
     
    In The Beginning…
     
    Construction crews broke ground on the new Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving, Texas in May 2010. The 150,000-square-foot facility will produce as much energy as it uses, reducing operating costs for the district and shrinking the school’s carbon footprint.

    President Charlie DeVoe of Charter Builders, a Balfour Beatty company, now operating as Balfour Beatty Construction, tours the construction site in 2010

    Stuck in the Middle...

    Progress continued steadily and word began to spread across the country about this cool school.

    Worth the Wait…

    In August 2011, a little more than a year after construction began; the school opened its doors for the inaugural school year.

    Students and teachers walked the hallways with awe. Even the community showed their support at an official ribbon cutting ceremony on August 24.

    In Irving ISD's Eye on Education, Dr. Dana Bedden took a tour of Lady Bird Johnson middle school in August. 2011.

    Looking to the Future…

    The school has written science curriculum to connect the school’s net zero concepts to student’s daily life and best practices. Learning nodes with museum-type displays are located along the building’s main hallway and highlight the different areas of environmental sustainability that are incorporated in the building’s design: earth (geothermal), solar, wind, and water efficiency.

    Ladybird Johnson Middle School has been shortlisted for a 2011 International Green Award in the Best Green Intelligent Buildings category. Winners will be announced November 24, 2011.

    “We are proud to be a part of a very successful project with Irving Independent School District and to have helped them achieve such a bold vision. Creating the largest sustainable building of its kind in our own community is both rewarding and the right thing to do for future generations,” says Aaron Scates, vice president of operations for Balfour Beatty Construction's North Texas division.