The Delaware Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently presented Becker Morgan Group with a 2012 Citation Award for the Milford Central Academy in Milford, Delaware. This award recognizes significant achievements by AIA members in the planning, design, and execution of architectural projects. The awards were presented at the 2012 AIA DEsign Ball on November 5th at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, DE.
Milford Central Academy is a 126,000 GSF facility designed to serve 1,000 students in grades 8 and 9, while sharing athletic and music facilities with the adjacent Milford High School. The addition of the new facility required complete redesign of site circulation, allowing for separation of buses and vehicular traffic and the construction of new athletic fields. Milford Central Academy utilizes numerous energy conservation techniques. Proper building orientation provides the facility extensive natural light throughout, including substantial natural light in all classrooms. The building features a 300 well geothermal HVAC system and includes the installation of a 150KW, 743-panel solar voltaic array, one of the first on a public school in the state. The system is utilized as a teaching tool and communicates to students, staff, and visitors its energy production through digital readout in the Lobby. According to Principal Architect Brad A. Hastings, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, “the goal was to implement meaningful sustainable strategies so the District could realize ongoing and long-term cost savings, while meeting programmatic and budgetary requirements.”