The new buildings' features include electric generation from solar panels and irrigation with captured rainwater.
Bendon, principal at Green Building LLC, a LEED-accredited professional
and project manager for the Montessori expansion, said he sees
improvements at the Makawao campus as an example for other schools and
"By demonstrating the commitment to green building
through the accomplishment of a LEED certification, Montessori shows
both the kids and greater community that going green is a core value of
the school," he said. "For the kids, having daily experiences within
that cultural framework will ultimately help shape the way they view
these issues and will hopefully provide benefits to Maui Nui as they
The $8 million school expansion provided two new
buildings for students to attend theMontessori school, with its
curriculum emphasizing a respect for nature and the environment.
be taught in a building powered by the sun and to play in gardens
watered by captured rain is to instill conservation at the heart of
each child's awareness," the certification award announcement says.
"Enjoying substantial electricity cost savings, the solar-powered
Montessori classrooms are working demonstrations for sustainable
living. Students can now live what they are learning in ecology science
One of the new buildings is a large multipurpose
building with two auxiliary classrooms. A second building houses three
additional classrooms. The expanded Montessori campus will serve up to
270 students and will be available to the community as a meeting and
event venue. Current enrollment is approximately 225 students in
preschool through middle school.
The building methods for the
school's expansion followed specifications from the U.S. Green Building
Council, which provides standards for environmentally sustainable
construction. The LEED certification includes a green building rating
system developed by the council that inspects and certifies buildings
based on energy use, water consumption, indoor air quality,
eco-friendly materials and sustainable strategies.
Head of School Cynthia Winans-Burns said on-campus water management
reflects the school's philosophy to respect the environment.
feel that the water issue is so important that our children need to
know you have to think about water and the use of water," she said. "So
the more visible this is the easier it will be for them to understand
the role water plays in our environment and for all living things."
Montessori students are learning values they take on with them into adulthood.
of us adults say this is what could be, and talk about what might be
possible," Winans-Burns said. "Our children are growing up saying,
'This is what we do.' That, I think is the shift. Our children are
leading the way in the curriculum studies."
She said one example
is the student-run environmental committee that is helped by adult
guides. During construction of the new buildings, students raised money
from their recycling campaigns and donated the funds to purchase a
solar hot water heater and photovoltaic cells for the campus.
you look at it as an inter-related experience, the operations of the
school, curriculum and the buildings, are all entwined with each other.
It's a system that's organic," Winans-Burns said.
School of Maui was founded in 1978 in a Quonset hut rented from St.
Rita's church in Haiku. In 1994, the school moved to its current
location on Baldwin Avenue, a mile below Makawao town. In December
2001, with a gift from the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, the
school was able to purchase the leased property, along with an adjacent
parcel that brought the campus to nine acres.
Major funding for
the recently completed campus expansion came from the Harold K.L.
Castle Foundation, Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, the Root
Family Foundation, individual donors, the school community and a bond
issue. Flansburg Associates of Boston was the architectural firm for
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