Officials at Fort Benning, Ga., on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of a 109,390-square-feet elementary school serving families at the post’s Patton Village neighborhood. The school, which opened Aug. 6, hosts 600 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, reports Fort Benning Public Affairs. It does not have a traditional classroom layout; instead, teaching areas are arranged by grades into “neighborhoods” where the multiple classes within a grade share a space to learn collaboratively. The school also is a LEED Silver-certified facility, with a learning garden, three outdoor amphitheaters, solar panels for hot water, a wind turbine and an energy dashboard for monitoring utility use. … The Army has updated its process for reviewing candidate projects for the Energy Resilience and Conservation Investment program, which offers military construction funding for projects which increase energy efficiency, employ renewable energy sources or increase energy resilience. The change follows the recent expansion of the program to cover resilience projects. The new review process requires stakeholders to provide a more comprehensive outline for their scope of work and to assess alternative remedies as well as the impact of the project not going forward, reports the Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. One of the key changes to the overall process is the Army Corps of Engineers districts and divisions that are engaged in each project locally will be significantly more involved.
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