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Queens Lake Middle School
124 West Queens Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Queens Lake Middle School is located in the Queens Lake area of York County on the outskirts of Williamsburg, VA. Originally built in 1966, Queens Lake Middle School received a complete renovation in 2004. The renovation included the addition of a classroom wing and a new media center, increasing the total building area from 47,767 to 56,075 square feet.

The renovation design centered on the educational environment and incorporated many high performance sustainable building features, including:

?              Removed stone ballast from the old rubber membrane roof and installed a gabled roof over the old roof. This design reduced the amount of construction debris going to the landfill, saved a significant amount of construction funds, and provided an attic space which serves as a mechanical mezzanine for heating and air-conditioning equipment.

?              Added an 8,371 square foot classroom and media center wing, which provides much needed classroom space, additional shelf space, and room for instructional technology.

?              Replaced an electric water heater with a high-efficiency gas water heater.

?              Installed low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout the school.

?              Replaced the original, inefficient T-12 light fixtures with new high-efficiency T-8 fluorescent lights in all classrooms and offices. Occupancy sensors were also installed which turn off the lights when a room is unoccupied.

?              Installed a new Direct Digital Control (DDC) building automation system which provides:

o        Individual building automation controls for each classroom, enabling the occupant to adjust the temperature up or down 3?F and override the "off" schedule in 1 hour increments

o        Heating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system shift to setback temperatures at night and on weekends and holidays

o        Start and stop times for HVAC equipment that recalculate daily based on room temperature and outside air temperature

o        Lighting control

o        An interface with classroom occupancy sensors to reset room temperature set points when rooms are unoccupied

o        Records of temperatures, alarms, and equipment run times to verify proper operation

o        Permanent CO2 and humidity monitoring

?              Replaced the original classroom and office air-to-air heat pumps, which had reached the end of their useful lives, with a high-efficiency geothermal heating and air-conditioning system. This system includes:

o        47 geothermal heat pumps

o        A ground coupled closed loop piping system with 63 vertical loops (300 ft depth) which transfers heat to or from the earth

o        Dedicated fresh air make-up systems ducted directly to classrooms

o        Five dual-heat wheel-style energy recovery units


Queens Lake Middle School has the distinguished honor of being the first middle school building in Virginia to receive the EPA's ENERGY STAR Label for two consecutive years, 2006 and 2007. Personnel from many other school systems, architects and professional engineers have toured this facility to observe the implementation of high-performance, sustainable building design. York County Schools hosts a "green YCSD" website which details energy conservation efforts and the activities of various "green" clubs throughout the county. The school division also participates in various Earth Day activities and the EPA's Change a Light campaign.


"Today Queens Lake Middle students and staff enjoy a state-of-the-art school building with superior indoor air quality and an exceptional teaching environment. The maintenance staff is seldom called on for maintenance on the equipment and the school board is operating the building for about $.70 sqft/year."

-- Mark Tschirhart, Supervisor of Resources and Security, The York County School Division

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by York County School Division or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
York County School Division

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2006 (75)
2007 (78)
2009 (97)
2010 (97)
2011 (93)
2012 (92)
2014 (92)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 58487 sf

Year Constructed: 1966

Contract Type: Single Turn-Key Contract
Financing Type: Public Bond

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies