October 11, 2018

Historic preservation Of Dallas High School scores LEED Gold status

A historic Dallas, Texas, school that was transformed into a mixed-use development with financing from Stonehenge Capital has earned LEED Gold Certification for exceptional Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Built in 1907, the former Dallas High School sat vacant for decades and was considered one of the city’s most endangered historic places until undergoing a major renovation last year. Today, the four-story building has been converted into office, restaurant and retail space along with outdoor patio areas – all while protecting the building’s architectural heritage and improving its environmental health.

Construction waste was kept to a minimum, with more than 99.6 percent of the existing core and shell reused, according to a recent announcement in Commercial Property Executive. Lighting efficiency and building envelope improvements also contributed to environmental sustainability, boosting energy savings by more than 21.9 percent, according to Aimee Sanborn, AIA, LEED APBD+C, principal and team leader at Merriman Anderson/Architects.

The rehabilitation of Dallas High School, which also won a 2018 Preservation Dallas Achievement Award, is among investments highlighted in Stonehenge Capital’s 2018 Impact Report. To read more about this project and others showcasing Stonehenge’s transformational impact on communities, click here.