OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND GREENHOUSE

2018 | Philadelphia, PA

The Overbrook School for the Blind “M. Christine Murphy Horticulture and Education Center” is a 2000 sf net-zero-energy greenhouse and classroom that houses Overbrook’s horticultural therapy and farm-to-table program. Students at Overbook use the greenhouse for occupational and education therapy as they grow nutritious food for the student cafeteria, learn plant care, and experience plants in multi-sensory ways. Re:Vision served as the project’s Sustainability Consultant and Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider, guiding the project to achieve LEED v4 for New Construction Gold certification and Zero Energy Certification. A rainwater harvesting system is used for plant irrigation, toilet flushing, and education. To achieve net-zero, a large-scale solar array elsewhere on campus generated 192% of the greenhouse needs after the first year of operation.

Architect: Daley + Jalboot Architects, Inc.
Sustainability Consultant: Re:Vision Architecture
Enclosure Commissioning: Re:Vision Architecture

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