The Teton County School District Administrative Office building simultaneously achieves environmental sustainability and low facility maintenance costs by leveraging environmentally responsive design techniques and a low-maintenance material palette. The 8,600-square-foot facility, which houses offices, a board room and several conference rooms, was constructed at two-thirds of the county’s typical cost-per-square-foot while offering state-of-the-art energy saving systems such as dimming sensors, energy-efficient natural gas furnaces and an intelligent building control system. The project received a grant from the Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project to help offset the upfront costs of implementing some of the ambitious sustainability goals.
Beyond the high-tech sustainable design techniques, the architects relied on low-tech solutions such as daylighting to reduce energy loads while creating an enjoyable work atmosphere. Architects devised and installed a “window box” frame around the numerous windows to minimize glare from the snow below and sky above while still allowing abundant natural light to flood the offices. Similarly, architects included transom windows and an eight-foot roof overhang to effectively direct daylight to interior spaces. Building interiors are clad with birch and complementing light wood finishes to create an airy working environment. A dark red, low-maintenance galvanized metal was chosen for the exterior, reducing both cyclic maintenance costs and heating and cooling costs.