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Balfour Beatty Volunteers Lead Improvement Projects at Encinitas USD Farm Lab for 5th Annual Green Apple Day of Service
October 31, 2016
General contractor teams up with San Diego Green Building Council, school district and community volunteers to make enhancements to the district’s 10-acre farm and learning center
SAN DIEGO – Balfour Beatty Construction employees recently teamed up with the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD), San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC) and supporting industry trade partners for the 5th Annual Green Apple Day of Service.
Hosted on Saturday, September 24, over 60 volunteers spent the day making enhancements to the EUSD’s 10-acre Farm Lab where the district will grow 75 percent of the produce it consumes at school. It also serves as a learning lab for ecology, agriculture and nutrition lessons, in addition to hosting the city’s community garden. Balfour Beatty led the efforts to recruit volunteers, obtain sponsors and in-kind donations, and manage the improvement projects.
“The transformation happened in a matter of hours,” said Kyle Frandsen, sustainability manager for Balfour Beatty Construction’s California Division. “By the end of the day, volunteers placed over 35 cubic yards of soil; moved 40 hay bales; planted 25 fruit trees; installed a 200-foot irrigation system; built eight three-foot by 12-foot planter boxes, filled them with top soil and installed irrigation; completed a beautiful mural on one of the exterior walls; and covered three rain barrels with colorful, new artwork. The Farm Lab concept is amazing on its own. Knowing that we had a small role in enriching a learning space that connects students with real-world experiences that promote sustainability, health and our environment is truly rewarding.”
“Aside from the enthusiasm and the volunteers’ phenomenal quality of work, the highlight of the day was the sense of community that all the organizations brought to the project,” said Mim Michelove, director of EUSD’s Farm Lab. “We greatly appreciate this unique partnership with the SDGBC and Balfour Beatty, and their efforts that help enable us to provide our students and the community with innovative, educational opportunities that reinforce health, wellness and environmental sustainability.”
Tim Baird, EUSD’s superintendent, also expressed appreciation and said, “Thanks to all of our friends at Balfour Beatty, the SDGBC, and everyone else who helped us enhance the learning experience for our students.”
“It was only a matter of time that our annual Green Apple Day of Service took place at the EUSD Farm Lab,” added Frandsen. “Our goals are aligned perfectly, especially with the other sustainable, green building work we are currently doing across the district to help them achieve their clean energy and financial savings goals.”
Green building projects Balfour Beatty has managed for EUSD includes the recent installation of photovoltaic solar systems at Park Dale Lane, Capri, Ocean Knoll, La Costa Heights, El Camino Creek and Flora Vista elementary schools. The estimated 25-year savings from this combined 1.24 MW solar project is over $21 million.
Additional sustainable projects Balfour Beatty has managed for EUSD include:
- Installation of Solatubes, or specially designed skylights that enhance natural lighting in the classrooms, at Capri and Ocean Knoll Elementary Schools;
- Installation of a new recycled water system at Flora Vista Elementary School;
- Installation of eight new modular classrooms at Ocean Knoll Elementary that include Solatubes.
Future sustainable projects to be completed include:
- Installation of Solatubes at El Camino Creek, Flora Vista and La Costa Heights elementary schools;
- Installation of a water harvesting system that includes landscaping and water management systems to capture rain water at El Camino Creek, Flora Vista, La Costa Heights, Mission Estancia, Olivenhain, and Park Dale Lane elementary schools;
- Various additional site improvements, including the installation of new energy-efficient kitchen equipment that is pending approval at Capri, El Camino Creek, Flora Vista, La Costa Heights, Ocean Knoll, Park Dale Lane, and Paul Ecke Central elementary schools;
- The district’s central kitchen located at El Camino Creek is also scheduled for renovation;
- Installation of a new recycled water system at Park Dale Lane Elementary School.
Sponsors that helped make the 2016 Green Apple Day of Service a success include:
A&S Flooring, Advance Plumbing, Balfour Beatty Construction, Brady Company, GEM Industrial Inc., GGG Demolition, Glumac, Gould Electric, Hayward Baker, International Iron, M.A. Stevens Construction, Miller Environmental, OBR, Pacific Coast Glazing, Inc., Pecoraro, Inc., SCOR Industries, Standard Drywall, Sullivan Solar Power, and W.R. Robbins.
Check it out: Watch the event video here