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Paul W. Crowley East Bay Metropolitan Career and Technical Center (MET)

Gilbane manages the design-build construction of Rhode Island’s first net zero energy state facility.

Gilbane Delivers First Net Zero Energy State Facility in Rhode Island

Pushing the envelope with an aggressive approach to construction of a new facility for its East Bay Met campus, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) chose the design-build team of Gilbane and RGB Architects when they sought to build Rhode Island’s first net-zero state facility and the first net-zero high school in the region. The school accommodates 160 students and 20 staff, housing classroom spaces, multi-purpose rooms, STEAM center (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), an environmental lab and digital lab.

The new three-story, 16,800 SF high school was designed to net-zero standards with geothermal heating, rainwater collection system, and limited site development. The project’s net-zero design featured maximizing renewable energy sources available on-site and minimizing energy consumption. The orientation of the building allows for maximum shade in the spring and summer months, while reaping solar exposure in the winter.

Net-zero design features

  • Solar thermal domestic water heating
  • Ground water injection through pervious paving system and bio-retention system
  • 150kW photovoltaic system
  • Air-tight, super-insulated exterior envelope
  • “Cool” roof membrane system
  • Geothermal and demand control ventilation system
  • LED dimmable lighting
  • Multi-level lighting controls for maximum energy savings
The project is an enormous success due to the hard work of Gilbane’s project team. The project was managed with exceptional professionalism and expertise. As a result the project team’s collaborative working relationship, the project came in on time and on budget, but most of all the quality was outstanding.

Joseph P. daSilva School Construction Coordinator