BIA, DOI's First LEED Certified Building

DOI would like to extend special congratulations to the Baca/Dlo'ay azhi Consolidated School, the first DOI facility to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building. LEED criteria for certification are widely considered to be the industry's best criteria for sustainable design buildings. Certification includes a rigorous compliance check by a third party. It is an outstanding achievement for any building to achieve LEED certification, and DOI is especially proud that a BIA Indian School is the first within DOI and the State of New Mexico to achieve LEED certification.

From Left to Right: Jay Savage, Greg Comer, Barbara Borgeson, Steven Griles, David Anderson, Boyd Robinson, Jorge Colberg
From Left to Right: Jay Savage, Greg Comer, Barbara Borgeson,
Steven Griles, David Anderson, Boyd Robinson, Jorge Colberg

Accomplished through a Corps of Engineers Interagency Agreement and managed by BIA Architect Barbara Borgeson and Navajo architect Dyron Murphy the LEED certified school was designed and built in 14 months. The outstanding construction management team not only brought this project in on time, but also on budget. Sustainable design features include an optimized heating and cooling system, use of local and recycled-content building materials, xeriscaping, and green housekeeping. The school is not only sustainable, it also embodies elements sacred to Navajo tradition.

Project Point of Contact

Barbara Borgeson, Architect
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Albuquerque, NM
Phone: 505-346-6508,
Fax: 505-346-6542

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