Read the original story in the Corvallis Gazette-Times and see photos of the installation here.
The Corvallis Waldorf School will have three new classrooms this school year — classrooms that were delivered to the school Monday on the back of a truck.
The classrooms are in a new type of modular building that replaces the portable classroom structure that had been on the site since the 1980s, when the Waldorf school’s building was the Fairplay School in the Corvallis School District.
The modular structure not only is new, it is features the latest green building features.
According to Peter Zaremba, the school’s new administrative director, the building is called a Smart Academic Green Environment (SAGE), and it features natural light and ultra-efficient savings of energy and water.
The Corvallis Waldorf School is the first school in Oregon to get one of the new modular buildings, but 11 other Oregon and Washington schools are scheduled to get their own SAGE buildings this year.
“What makes this building special is that it is designed to be a healthy learning environment for students,” he said.
Zaremba said the building also includes ventilation designed to circulate air naturally. In traditional modular school buildings, poor air circulation can allow illness spread between children more quickly.
Zaremba, who started at the Waldorf School on May 20, said he is excited to have the prototype modular building.
“It all fits with the Waldorf philosophy of creating healthy children,” he said.
According to Zaremba, a community member donated the money to buy the $250,000 building. Donations of materials by NW Renewable Energy Corporation and Armstrong World Industries reduced the cost still further.
The SAGE modular building was designed by architecture and engineering students and faculty at Portland State University, and it was manufactured by Blazer Industries in Aumsville.
According to SAGE’s website, the design was recognized as a 2011 “Oregon Solution” by Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Tim Love, the Waldorf School’s facilities manager, was on hand as crews moved the modular onto its foundation in two pieces Monday.
“It feels good to see it here,” he said. “It’s even more beautiful than I imagined.”