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ENERGY STAR Labeled Building Profile

301 McKennan's Church Rd.
Wlimington, DE 19808
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Since 1966, Thomas McKean High School's mission has been to help students reach their potential by motivating them to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to become contributing citizens.  Red Clay Consolidated School District's comprehensive assessment, conducted with community input, evaluated all school facilities for existing conditions and future educational needs.  The assessment resulted in recommendations for extensive facility improvements and additions to Thomas McKean High School to continue supporting its mission.

The district invested 17 million dollars in McKean's renovations and additions.  Facility improvements to address concerns about the condition and functionality of systems focused on the following areas:  1) additional classrooms and renovations to upgrade the existing auditorium, science labs, library, kitchen, locker rooms, and gymnasium; 2) upgrade existing electrical systems; 3) renovations and upgrades of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; and  4) general facility improvements to the site and building.

ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management were followed throughout the design and purchasing decisions for these major capital projects.  Data compiled through Portfolio Manager help school officials ensure that these improvements maximize the use of their energy resources.


o  Share the "Statement of Energy Performance: Facility Summary" from Portfolio Manager with the school community.
o  Publish articles in the local media and school newsletter, and post information on the school's Web site.
o  Provide resources and data to teachers and students for use with class projects.
o  Present at faculty, parent, and school board meetings.


The McKean community is proud to receive the honor of earning the ENERGY STAR.  I would like to thank everyone on our staff for their collective efforts in creating an energy-efficient environment.  We are thankful for being recognized for this effort and look forward to continued energy efficient practices for the good of our global society.
-- Sherry Gross, Principal, McKean High School

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Red Clay Consolidated School District 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.

Service Provider:
Studio JAED Architects & Engineers

Building Owner:*
Red Clay Consolidated School District

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2008 (92)
2009 (94)
2010 (94)
2011 (91)
2012 (94)
2013 (92)
2014 (94)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 249775 sf

Year Constructed: 1966

Contract Type: Multiple Vendor Contracts
Financing Type: Public Bond

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies