TruexCullins Architecture recently won national awards for their design of the Anglo-American School of Sofia (AAS), an authorized International Baccalaureate World School located in Bulgaria. TruexCullins was hired to create the “Vitosha Wing,” the new home for the middle and high school programs.
The new $8 million campus included site planning and building design developed by Architect and Managing Principal David Epstein, AIA, LEED AP and Associate Architect Diantha Korzun, AIA, LEED AP. Epstein, a Shelburne resident, leads the K-12 and International Education Studios at TruexCullins.
The significant expansion, which doubles the capacity of the school, includes new classrooms, sports facilities, and plans for a new performing arts complex. The campus layout was crafted to foster smaller learning communities within the larger school community. TruexCullins designed the new 8,500 sq. meter middle school and high school facility to incorporate green building features including storm water management and reuse. This is accomplished through the use of green roofs, constructed wetlands, and ponds. Other green features include daylight harvesting, solar hot water, photo-voltaic roof covered parking and extensive use of local materials. The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is expected to earn LEED® Gold certification.
“AAS was a great partner to work with,” shared David Epstein, AIA, LEED AP. “They were truly interested in creating a facility that fosters collaboration, community, and engaged learning. And they were fiercely committed to sustainable design solutions. We are fortunate to work with clients with great vision.”