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Tour: Murch Elementary School

Housing approximately 720 Pre-K through 5th Grade students, the primary goal of this LEED Gold-certified project was to improve the school for staff, students, and the community at large. Completed in 2018, the project was designed to serve the school’s collaborative culture between teachers and students in a culturally diverse community.

This one-hour tour will share how the existing historic building was modernized and how the new addition was incorporated. The project includes a new cafeteria, gymnasium, and media center. Recreational areas, including green spaces and playing fields, were also updated.

Presented by: Ronnie McGhee, FAIA, LEED with Muddathir Ibnouf, LEED AP BD+C of R. McGhee & Associates and Paul Lund, AIA, LEED AP BD +C with Scott Walters, AIA LEED AP of Hord Coplan Macht

Organized by: R. McGhee & Associates and Murch Elementary School


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore how LEED Gold-Certification is awarded to projects;
  • Discuss the challenges behind modernizing an existing historic building;
  • Describe the impact on students and staff through updates to the cafeteria, gymnasium, media center, recreational areas, green spaces, and playing fields; and
  • Discuss the design strategies adopted to create a more collaborative culture between teachers and students.

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