Innovative New Lovett Middle School Project On-Track for LEED Gold



With construction of the new Portman Family Middle School complete, Lovett Middle School students now attend classes in this innovative new LEED Gold pre-certified facility. The private Atlanta-based, college prepatory school opened for classes in August, but will host an official grand opening  for the new middle school this November.


As project manager, Carter partnered with The Lovett School to build a facility that not only minimizes the environmental impact of the project, but also saves tens of thousands of dollars a year in utility costs and creates a healthy learning environment.  The Carter team guided the Lovett community through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification Process and helped the facility earn an ENERGY STAR rating from the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. 

Sustainable features of the new Portman Family Middle School include:

  • Video displays in the lobby that allow students to monitor daily and historical energy and water use that is then incorporated into the science curriculum as sustainability lessons
  • A Green Roof that includes planting areas, water features, and outdoor classroom space on the roof of the multi-purpose room
  • Use of rapidly renewable construction materials, ENERGY STAR appliances, solar hot water system, and low flow plumbing fixtures
  • Classroom features such as energy saving lighting systems and windows, increased air quality and daylight, along with wireless capability for laptop use in the classroom
  • Office and student furniture which are GreenGuard and Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) certified and contain fabric made of recycled content
  • Water collection and recycling, combined with the composting and recycling of materials that students use daily

Carter has worked successfully with The Lovett School for over 10 years to complete its main performance gymnasium, a 300-car parking deck, the new Upper School, its Physical Plant complex, and the new Lower School.

Construction on the 75,000-square-foot Middle School began following a $10 million unrestricted gift–the largest in Lovett’s history–from Jan and John Portman, parents of Lovett alumni and grandparents of current students. The building has since been named in their family’s honor, and is 40 percent larger than the original school.

Carter is one of the nation’s leading developers, program managers and property and facility managers of sustainable projects and properties with over 25 LEED certified projects and over 3.5 million square feet of ENERGY STAR-designated properties.   

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.