Kentucky’s Clark County Public Schools received a Center of Excellence award Aug. 1 from sheet metal contractor Semco LLC of Columbia, Mo.Application_IN

The award recognized the sustainable and energy cost-reducing green HVAC design at the new George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Ky.

The 300,000-square-foot high school uses a geothermal-based chilled water loop combined with Semco chilled beams and dedicated outdoor-air systems for its HVAC system. The building has 35 percent lower utility costs than the smaller high school it replaced. The school’s advanced indoor air quality systems helped contribute to a district-wide 1.5 percent attendance increase last year, officials said. That earned a $200,000 attendance incentive from the state.

Superintendent Paul Christy and the building’s architect, Ron Murrell Jr., principal of RossTarrant Architects, received the award on behalf of the school district from Semco Director of Sales Tom Rice at the company’s Columbia, Mo.-based research and development laboratory.

Christy, a former district director of operations who oversaw the school’s design, now plans to retrofit another older school in the district, again using chilled beams.

 “Paul Christy is a rare breed of school superintendent who searches for and understands cutting-edge HVAC technology, because he realizes it not only cuts school operating expenses and taxpayer costs in the long run, but also provides a better learning IAQ environment for students and teachers,” Rice said.