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Osceola County School Board and NeoCity Academy Win Three Prestigious Construction Industry Awards For Florida's First High-Performance, Net-Zero Energy School

The Osceola County School Board, the district's Facilities Division, and its design and construction partners have been awarded three top honors for the building of NeoCity Academy, a 21st Century, immersive learning, and STEM-focused public school of choice in Osceola County.  The high school, which was built below cost per student station state mandates, is Florida's first net-zero energy and high-performance school located in the epicenter of the high-tech, advanced manufacturing complex of NeoCity.  The school has received the following excellence in construction awards:

Project of the Year - Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors
Construction Partners: Gilbane Buidling Company and Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
Up against projects of much bigger size and dollar amounts, including those for area theme parks, the Osceola County School District was awarded Project of the Year for NeoCity Academy by the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors in recognition of outstanding workmanship.  The top honor was awarded to the district for the execution of design, quality of craftsmanship, attention to detail, proper installation, outstanding planning and coordination efforts, challenges successfully overcome, project complexity, custom materials, safety program, and owner satisfaction.

U.S. Green Building Council Climate Champion Award:
Construction Partners: Gilbane Buidling Company and Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
The NeoCity Academy Project Team was selected out of hundreds of nominees because of the unique design solutions that address concerns of building in the local environment.  The innovative design and the successful construction implementation clearly separated the NeoCity Academy project from the other submissions.  NeoCity Academy reflects a paradigm shift in how buildings should be constructed, not only from an ultra-low energy standpoint, but from a healthy building standpoint.

Florida Educational Planners Association Award of Merit:
Construction Partners: Gilbane Buidling Company and Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
The 2020 Award of Merit was presented to Little Diversified Architectural Consulting for NeoCity Academy. Several factors were considered by the judges, including innovative response to educational programs, technology provisions, green design, and relationship of space and flexibility.  Throughout the design process, the primary objective was to incorporate an immersive learning environment. NeoCity Academy was designed around the academic programs of Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering, Biomedical, and Cybersecurity. This is the second award for Little for the school, with the first being awarded in 2019.

The NeoCity Academy facility was designed to use 76% less energy than a typical public school in Osceola County. Photovoltaic panels on the school's roof produce enough electricity to offset what the building uses over an entire year.  In addition, sensors are used throughout the school buildings to monitor indoor air quality, temperature, and room occupancy, and they relay information back to the Building Automation System that controls lighting, HVAC, and ventilation.  Other innovative key design strategies that are featured in the school buildings can be found in the attachment to this press release.