The district’s new 28,000 square-foot Agricultural Science Center allows students and teachers the opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience in the realm of agriculture education.
The structure’s distinctive design operates as an indoor/outdoor facility. Interior doors open directly to the outdoors which allows for good ventilation and airflow through the corridor. Included in the design are two classroom spaces, administration areas, animal pens, open-air barns, and a metal shop was added.
The Arlington ISD Agricultural Science Center is a net-zero energy building. In this case, the building is producing more energy than it consumes. The Energy Management System (EMS) is tied to all the mechanical components and tracks the daily usage of the facility. The electricity produced is stored in a series of inverters and all extra is pushed out to the local power grid. On Texas’s warmest days, the electricity produced from the solar array is about one megawatt. The wind turbine produces about 1.7 kilowatts of electricity per day.
The energy-efficient products that are in-use at the Center:
- Roof-Mounted photovoltaic (PV) Solar Array
- Wind Turbine
- Rainwater Collection Tanks
The PV array and wind turbine help with energy production. A bi-directional meter attached to the PV array allows the building to buy or sell electricity to the local utility. The four rainwater storage collection tanks help with irrigation and other internal barn purposes.
RWB was awarded the 2021 Building Technology Award from ASHRAE Dallas for our innovative work on this project.